Lutheran Lecture Series XXV
April 25-26, 2020
Grace Lutheran Church, Wichita
3310 E Pawnee, Wichita, KS
The Classical Education Model - Making Lutheran Education Great Again!
The majority of United States citizens have been educated under one model - the government plan - otherwise called progressive education. Unfortunately, many parochial schools (yes, also Lutheran schools) have incorporated progressive education models and concepts into their curriculums. Is there a better way?
Yes! It's ancient. It's been used in the US at many private schools. It's called Classical Education. It was birthed before Jesus. Somewhere in the 6th century AD this ancient Greek method was divided into two parts: the Trivium and the Quadrivium. The Trivium was these three parts: 1) know facts (grammar); 2) reason clearly (logic); and 3) communicate effectively (rhetoric). The Quadrivium comprised these four parts: 1) arithmetic, 2) geometry, 3) music and 4) astronomy.
The Reverend Doctor Thomas Korcok will teach at this year's Lutheran Lecture Series on Classical Education. He will give some of the history behind it, he will explore the current scene and ask, "What's wrong here?" and he will lay out the legacy of Classical Education as a better model for our Lutheran schools.
All begins on Saturday, April 25. Dr. Korcok will lecture on Saturday, preach at the Divine Services on Sunday, April 26 and lead the Sunday morning Bible Class. Plan to be the guest of Grace Lutheran Church on the weekend of April 25-26.
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2020 Lutheran Lecture Series XXV Schedule
Saturday - April 2512:30 p.m. Divine Service (Pr. Woelmer preaching)
2:00 p.m. Dr. Korcok teaching
3:00 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Dr. Korcok teaching
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Pr. Brockman preaching)
5:30 p.m. Beer/Brat Supper
Sunday - April 268:00 a.m. Divine Service (Dr. Korcok preaching)
9:30 a.m. Dr. Korcok teaching
11:00 am. Divine Service (Dr. Korcok preaching)
The Reverend Doctor Thomas J. Korcok was born in Canada's capital city of Ottawa in 1961 and was raised in the province of Ontario. He has earned educational degrees from four different countries. His B.A. is from Concordia University at Ann Arbor, Michigan. His M.Div. is from Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. His M.Phil. is from the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland. And, his Ph.D. is from Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, Holland. Presently he pastors two congregations on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls - Trinity Lutheran Church at Niagara-On-The-Lake and St. Peter's Lutheran Church at Port Colborne and teaches at Concordia University Chicago (He's learned to travel!).
Dr. Korcok has written a number of articles on Classical (and Confessional) Lutheran Education. A comprehensive volume called "Lutheran Education: From Wittenberg to the Future" was published by Concordia Publishing House in 2011. He has given multiple presentations to District Pastoral Conferences and to Classical Lutheran Educational Conferences.
Dr. Korcok has a variety of interests including white-water canoeing, camping, skiing and aviation. He and his wife Doreen are parents to two grown sons. Andrew is married to Katie and works as a communications specialist with Niagara College in St. Catharines and Mark is a commercial pilot with Air Canada. The Korcoks have three grandchildren.