The name Synpedia comes from the Greek prefix syn and the word pedagogy:
syn – a prefix with the meaning “with” or “together”
pedagogy – the art or science of teaching; education; instructional methods.
This name reflects our desire to embrace both:
- the millennia of collective wisdom found in the Western tradition and
- an openness to prudent educational innovation.
We hope that this tutorial service gives, as Chesterton put it, “a vote to most obscure of all classes, our ancestors.” Today much folly in our schools is a result of the adolescent, ahistorical nature of progressive education, which in the last century jettisoned centuries of wisdom in favor of rootless, radical change.
Synpedia Tutorials refuses to submit to what Chesteron described as “the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.” We see the systematic instruction of grammar and the “processed-based” teaching of writing to be thoroughly complimentary, not mutually exclusive as the National Council of Teachers of English has so foolishly asserted.
It is our hope that this tutorial service will help students and interested public school teachers alike see the wisdom in a prudent synthesis of both tradition and change, for as C.S. Lewis understood, “Mere change is not growth. Growth is the synthesis of change and continuity, and where there is no continuity, there is no growth.'”
Synpedia Tutorials help be helpful to:
- Public school teachers who were never taught grammar
- Education majors who want to learn grammar so they are better prepared to teach
- Homeschooled students and parents
- Public school students who wish to supplement their education