Vanguard Education is centered around the learning of seven languages, two major and five minor. One of the minor languages is Greek.
Greek and Latin are the basis for the scientific and technical terminology used around the world today. A knowledge of these two languages allows one to understand scientific and technical terminology to a great degree. Many of our English words have a Latin or Greek basis. Understanding the Greek and Latin roots greatly assists one in understanding many English words, and even in producing new scientific and technical terms.
Perhaps an even greater reason to learn Greek is to be able to read the New Testament of the Bible in its original language. As such, Greek is a core course for seminaries throughout the world.
Greek has been taught in the public schools in the past. Professor James T. Allen, PhD, laments in the introduction to his 1917 Greek textbook that "However regrettable it may seem, during the past decade or so Greek has come to be in this country [the USA] largely a college subject." The study of Greek in private schools in the UK and Commonwealth persisted late into the 20th Century. Many private schools still teach Greek to their students.
In learning Greek, one begins by learning the Greek alphabet. This letters of the Greek alphabet are used throughout the scientific and technical fields as symbols and abbreviations. A knowledge of the letters of the Greek alphabet is essential in any scientific or technical pursuit.
Lastly Latin and Greek grammar, especially Greek grammar, are much more complex and advanced than English grammar. The amazing power of these languages opens up new patterns of linguistic thought and expression. Some of the most creative poetry from the past is nothing more than Greek or Latin grammar with English words. Even the language of Yoda, the character from Star Wars, is nothing more than a simplified English version of Greek and Latin grammar.
The study of Greek by children has become largely a home school phenomenon. Comedian Tim Hawkins, when asked what grade his home school son was in, replied, "I don't know. He knows Greek and he eats bugs. What grade is that?"