Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning: An Approach to Distinctively Christian Education

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Douglas Wilson has been the pastor for Christ Church for over forty years and is a father of three and grandfather of seventeen. He has helped found many educational institutions such as New Saint Andrews College, Logos School, and Greyfriars Hall. He has written other books on education, such as The Case for Classical Christian Education, Excused Absence, and The Paideia of God.

AUTHOR: Douglas Wilson

FOREWORD: Marvin Olasky


PUBLISHER: Canon Press (originally published by Crossway)

PAGE COUNT: 276 pages

SIZE: 5.50x8.50"

ISBN 10: 1954887108

ISBN-13: 9781954887107

PUB. DATE: March 15, 2022 (originally published April 1, 1991)

Media: Paperback

Thirty years ago, Doug Wilson wrote Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning so that Christian parents could stop wringing their hands at the deterioration of American education and actually do something to resist it.

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That resistance begins with getting our children out of public secular schools, but it doesn't end there. We must also give our kids a thoroughly biblical education with the lordship of Jesus Christ at the center. The best structure for that education, Wilson argues, is the classical structure.

And so the classical Christian education movement in America was born. Since the publication of this book, hundreds of classical Christian schools have been started (both nationally and internationally), and hundreds of thousands of homeschooling families have turned to classical Christian education as well.

Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning, originally published by Crossway in 1991, has been republished by Canon Press. 

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What People Are Saying:

"Good at diagnosing our educational afflictions, Douglas Wilson is still better at finding remedies. His Logos School provides a model, a practical design, for the restoration in the curriculum of Christian humanism—as contrasted with what Christopher Dawson called secular humanism." -Russell Kirk, author of The Conservative Mind

"A funny thing happened as the 20th century came to a close. A number of Christians began to form what were being called “classical and Christian” schools. Believers who would have been (or were) involved in their local traditional Christian school or public school were suddenly making the case for Latin, reading the great books of the Western intellectual tradition, and talking about the traditional liberal arts—-the trivium and the quadrivium. Many in this growing movement of Christian and classical schools in recent decades would cite as inspiration a book by Douglas Wilson, Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning" -Bradley Green, The Gospel Coalition

Customer Reviews

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jennifer k.

Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning: An Approach to Distinctively Christian Education

Travis D.

If you went to public school, have your kids in government school, or know anyone with their kids in the taxpayer-funded education system, get this book, and read it, and pass it on!

Deborah G.
Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning

We've had this book for 25 years... loaned it out so many times that we needed a new copy as a spare.

Mary C.
An Old Friend

I was so excited to purchase this book again. I had given all my copies away to friends and other teachers and could not find a copy to purchase. Thank you so much . I purchased an additional copy for a new homeschooler. Keep up the great work.

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