Preserving the Past and Preparing for the Future at the Camerata School

Educare and educere come from the Latin word for education.  Educare implies the preservation and passing down of knowledge and shaping young people in the image of their parents. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 reminds us that we are to teach our children God’s word as part of our everyday activities. Children often learn more from what we are than from what we say as well stated in this passage of scripture: “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”  Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Much of the teaching in a classical education is the passing down of the wealth of our Western civilization and to learn from the wisdom of those who have gone before us. We want our children to know the Bible, history, as well as great music, art, and literature. This creates the foundation of the tools of learning to prepare them to be excellent leaders for now as well as the future.

It is interesting to note that while both educare and educare have the same etymological basis, they represent two different aspects of the education process. Educare is much like the grammar stage when students are learning the language of a subject. The tradition or rules of each subject are being taught and memorization is an important part of this stage of learning.

Educere, on the other hand, implies more of a leading out, preparing a new generation for the changes that are to come. This aspect of the education process is more like the  logic stage when the student takes what was taught in the grammar stage and begins to evaluate it in order to take ownership of the information. Finally, in the rhetoric stage, the students express what they have learned and true leadership emerges.

R.V. Bass states, “In the overall scheme of things, educare and educere are of equal importance. Education that ignores educare dooms its students to starting over with each generation. Omitting educere produces citizens who are incapable of solving new problems.”

Our education at the Camerata School provides a Christian and classical education; educare, to preserve the past. Likewise, we want to prepare our students for the complexities of a 21st century world and thus we provide programs such as STEAM Initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) to prepare them for the future; thus educere.   At the Camerata School, this balanced teaching of preserving the past through a biblical, classical education along with programs such as STEAM and brain-based innovative teaching prepares them for the future as strong learners.

Our mission statement for the Camerata School is to equip Christ-centered leaders and

cultivate confident thinkers for a lifetime of influence.  Inherent in this statement is both the educare as well as the educere aspects of the education process. Both are necessary to provide balanced education. We seek to cultivate confident thinkers (educare)  and equip Christ-centered leaders (educere) for a lifetime of influence.

~ Jody Capehart