A History of Western Educational Ideas by Peter Gordon, Denis Lawton

By Peter Gordon, Denis Lawton

There are various elements of an schooling process that in simple terms make experience if we all know how that method has built through the years. a part of this comes from figuring out how associations have replaced, however it can also be very important to appreciate how principles in schooling have developed.
This e-book discusses the continual improvement of academic concept over 3 millennia. the focal point upon the background of rules during this quantity is in part an try to flow background of schooling clear of an technique in keeping with 'great males' to technological, financial and political affects on rules and ideology. It studies many concerns, starting from the needs of schooling from the earliest instances, to the problem of postmodernism within the current century. The authors offer an obtainable and thought-provoking consultant to the academic principles that underlie perform.

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It would be foolish to pretend that Bede was a typical monk: he was certainly exceptionally able and devout; but it is true that the best of monasteries were excellent centres of scholarship and education. From the sixth to the eighth centuries, the Church was the main means of preserving continuity in education, although it was often education of an exclusively religious kind. The main purpose of education was to train future monks and priests. The extent to which the classics featured in the curriculum is not clear.

The second group, the Pharisees, accepted the Torah but believed that the laws needed to be interpreted to deal with social change; they advocated living by a combination of the Torah and the Talmud (the oral tradition of the Mishna in its written form), as well as being willing to discuss further interpretations of the Torah and the Talmud. Although the Pharisees were, in this way, more 'progressive' , they tended to be hostile to non-Jewish innovations, including Greek ideas. The greatest of the Pharisees was Hillel (60 BC-20 AD) who was credited with a version of the golden rule 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you' .

Eds), The Roman World {Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1 986). , Daily Life in Ancient Rome {Penguin, 1 962). , Ancient Education and Today {Penguin, 1 96 1 ). 30 4 The Judaeo-Christian Tradition INTRODUCTION It is important to keep in mind that early Christianity arose directly out of Judaism; at first it was regarded as just another Jewish sect. But Judaism, from about the third century BC, had been strongly influenced by Greek culture, especially language and philosophy. Later Christianity, including educational thought and practice, may be seen as a mixture of that Judaeo­ Christian tradition and subsequent Graeco-Roman influences.

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