Conor Ross

(General Committee Member)

I am a secondary teacher, poet, and writer based in Melbourne with a keen interest in classical education. As an English teacher, I first discovered classical education through a quest to find the best way to teach classical literature and poetry, for despite the feelings of some of my fellow English teachers I was not quite ready to trade away William Shakespeare. Following that instinct eventually led me to find a true project of forming young people intellectually and spiritually in the form of classical education. I have been greatly influenced in my educational philosophy by St. Augustine, G.K. Chesterton, Charlotte Mason, and C.S. Lewis.  The lattermost once wrote, "The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts" which I believe speaks to the nature and difficulty of teaching, not to mention the miraculous results when it succeeds! 

I have been fortunate enough to write for several publications such as Quadrant and The Spectator Australia on education. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, camping and delving into the 'Book of Nature' as much as I do regular books.