Teaching at The Cedars seeks to develop the capacity for rigorous, independent thought by cultivating a love of learning and a lively spirit of intellectual adventure. There is a strong emphasis on developing virtues such as resilience, resourcefulness and reflectiveness that will prepare students well for later life.
Though rarely used in this country, the phrase ‘Liberal Arts’ implies an ideal of education that neatly unites preparation for life with a deeper, transformative process. According to Professor Louise Cowan, such education: “requires a vision… a sight of an ordered whole, a glimpse of beauty and truth that implies a possibility for noble human achievement.”
The late Stratford Caldecott, author and theologian and Director of the Centre for Faith and Culture, based in Oxford, wrote that: “The classical ‘Liberal Arts’ tradition of the West once offered a form of humane education that sought the integration of faith and reason, and that combined the arts and the sciences, before these things became separated, fragmented and trivialised. We need to retrace our steps, to find the ‘wisdom we have lost in knowledge’, the ‘knowledge we have lost in information’ (T.S. Eliot).”
Our Liberal Arts approach to the curriculum brings out links between different disciplines and gives students a sense of the ‘big picture’, avoiding a narrow ‘compartmentalisation’ of knowledge. Students at The Cedars School receive rigorous intellectual and cultural information that introduces them to ‘the best that has been thought and said.’