Francis Gavin

ὁ δὲ ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ.  Plato quoting Socrates.

The unexamined life is not worth living.

For centuries, the study of Classics and in particular Latin was the fundamental building block to a liberal education. Today, the study of Latin and the Roman culture introduces the young, untrained mind to the foundations of our Western culture. The study of Latin and of the Roman culture opens the intellectual horizons of our 21st Century to young Americans and grounds these young people in their own culture. It helps to form a cultured mind and to develop intellectual curiosity. In a more practical sense, Latin fosters a deeper understanding of language in general, the English language including its vocabulary and grammar and modern Romance languages. 

Specific course information will be included on the Power School Learning management platform.  Class materials will be uplaoded to Power School Learning.  

Magister Gavin is entering his 15th year in the West Morris Regional High School District.  He has taught Latin at all four levels.  Magister had taught at both Central and Mendham.  Presently he teaches full time at Mendham.  He has completed IB training in Latin.  In addition, Mr. Gavin has taught Western Civilization at Mendham.  

The study of Latin focuses on  the interpretive mode of communication  through writing and especially reading Latin.  The study of Latin requires consistent effort, determination and a willingness to reflect on the material.  Successful students of Latin will find a new and exciting understanding of language, history and culture and how this understanding forms the basis of who we are as Westerners.

1Latin IV (IB)164
2Theory of Knowledge 3166
4Latin II (advanced)164
5Latin IV (IB)166
7Grade 12 Study Hallcafe
8Theory of Knowledge 4166

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