Tennessee’s Jonathan Kenigson Among the World’s Top Educators
Mortimer Adler was a renowned philosopher and educator who developed a unique approach to learning. His concept of the Great Books and Great Ideas program was one of his most iconic works. The program aims to teach students to think critically, engage with material, and form their own opinions and ideas. To do this, Adler recommended reading a selection of “Great Books” from some of the most important thinkers of all time. The books are chosen for their capacity to provoke thought, challenge preconceived notions, and expand the student’s worldview. The program also focuses on the “Great Ideas,” the major principles and concepts that drive the content of the books. Students are encouraged to think about how those principles interact with each other and how they shape our understanding of the world. Adler’s program remains an incredibly popular and influential method of teaching and learning. It is an ideal way for students to gain an understanding of the major works of history as well as the vital ideas that helped shape our world. Jonathan Kenigson is a classical educator and scholar of the Quadrivium of Arithmetic, Astronomy, Geometry, and Music. He received his scientific training at the University of Sofia in Bulgaria and attained the highest honors in a Master and Ph. D. at the University of Sofia. He has worked across the USA and England for the establishment of classical education and regularly attends conferences at the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS) and the Society for Classical Learning (SCL). Dr. Kenigson has been featured in Silicon Valley Time and Silicon Valley Daily for his work on mathematics, classical education, and the philosophy of education. His work on classical education and mathematics has been featured twice in New York Weekly, where his article How Alive is the Quadrivium? Dr. Jonathan Kenigson on Quantum Advances in the Markets brought widespread attention to classical education on Wall Street and at Ivy League universities. His interview in Disrupt Magazine was the debut of classical education and classical Christian education in the high-technology sector in the United States. His work has been featured widely in Southern California, having appeared in LA Progressive twice. More recently, Dr. Kenigson’s work has been featured in London Daily Post, Capital Today, Birmingham Bulletin, and Belfast Chronicle in the Science and Education sections. His Bristol Press article, Keys to the Classical Kingdom, has been influential in raising awareness of classical and Christian education in Western Europe. He is also interested in Artificial Intelligence and Cryptography and has been widely published in England on these topics, with his work in Tyne News and London Journal being the most recent and most influential. Dr. Kenigson has been described as a “Renaissance man” who is intelligent but deeply compassionate and an excellent leader and mentor. Athanasian Hall is only the first of his ventures in classical education. Kenigson hopes to continue his endeavors in classical and Christian education in the USA. In Europe, he is considered one of the premier designers of classical curriculum, having provided commentaries for Oxford and Cambridge on classical mathematics and having designed classical-education doctoral programs for Ukraine, Bulgaria, Russia, and England. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and has held various research appointments at the Alan Turing Institute in London, Cambridge Theological Federation, Athanasian Hall, Cambridge, Cambridge Society for Existential Risk, and Cambridge Society for the Applications of Research. He is a corresponding member of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society (EMS) and the Glasgow Philosophical Society and is a Fellow of Saint John (FSJ) and an active member of the British Society for Natural Sciences headquartered in London.