WHY IS LATIN BENEFICIAL FOR EDUCATION?
Latin was the language of one of the most influential cultures of the ancient world: the Romans. Even after the demise of their empire, their language lingered in the church, the universities, and the law courts of the infant nations of the middle ages. Today our culture is saturated with this immortal language.
At the Lexington Latin School we begin the study of Latin in the second grade. The reason for this, in short, is that in addition to the wealth of benefits Latin gives to a student in terms of English vocabulary and disciplining the mind, we see Latin as the next step after phonics in the path to reading proficiency. It also sets a strong platform in math and sciences and the vocabulary that goes along with each subject. For a more detailed explanation of the reasons why we make Latin the core of education at LLS, please refer to “The Top 10 Reasons for Studying Latin,” an article from The Classical Teacher, published by Memoria Press. (The article will open in a new window.)