A Beginning…something more utilitarian

I just began reading Norms and Nobility: A Treatise on Education By David Hicks, and I must say it is a humbling experience.  I mean, I think I know something, and after a few pages, the realization that I do not  know much about what classical education is.  Check this out from the first two sentences in chapter 1:

The popular mind associates the idea of a classical education with the narrow and elitist schools of Victorian England.  In fact, these schools perverted classical education by teaching in precept and in example a hereditary and aristocratic ideal intended to serve the ambitions of Empire and to preserve the status quo.

This is what I had thought classical education was. I had no idea that, by the Victorian era, the nature of classical education had mostly been tossed aside for something more utilitarian.