Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type

Term Paper




College of Education

Primary Advisor

Dr. David Masterson


In Norms and Nobility: A Treatise on Education, David Hicks claims we are at risk

because modern education has lost its focus on moral instruction, normative standards, and a connection between knowing and doing. Beyond these changes in modern education, our culture is at risk because the education of future generations has been removed from the family. Parents can pursue a family-centered, eternity-focused education as they consider the iconic sword and the stone to overcome the current risk. Paideia serves as a cornerstone for an education recognizing eternal persons, and normative standards enable students to wield their swords of knowledge for eternal purposes. Additionally, parents can seek to foster the imagination as a mirror reflecting an eternal perspective in education. When pursuing such an education, parents must be aware of the risks of classical education and begin with their own transformative experience with Jesus. Through family-centered, eternity-focused, education, our culture can overcome the risk exposed by David Hicks.