Classical Education in the Eighteenth Century: Toward Reason and Rationality

The Enlightenment of the late 17th and the 18th century called for the re-examination of classical concepts. By Megan Pettingill and Lillianah Shabo Introduction An immense interest in classical education emerged during the eighteenth century, demonstrating that a classical education was still revered in educational circles as the apex of intellectual training. Its notions have[…]

An Overview of Medieval Universities

Introduction A medieval university is a corporation organized during the Middle Ages for the purposes of higher education. The first Western European institutions generally considered universities were established in the Kingdom of Italy (then part of the Holy Roman Empire), the Kingdom of England, the Kingdom of France, the Kingdom of Spain, and the Kingdom[…]

10 Facts on Education in the Ancient World

Education has been around for several centuries. Since the dawn of mankind, education has evolved and developed as each generation passes. From parents having to teach their children and priests having to give them lessons, education has evolved to become an important sector of every nation. Today, formal learning is regarded as an important phase[…]

The Ancient Spartan Education

The apogee of one’s training was to comprehend the laws and to be a vital member of the Apella. By Antonios LoizidesHistorian According to the legend, the Spartan law was written by the great lawmaker (Greek : νομοθέτης, nomothetis) Lycurgus. Plutarch mentions that Lycurgus (literally “wolf-worker”) wrote the laws in order to make the city[…]

The History of Student Life: 7 Things You Didn’t Know

Memorable and extravagant, today’s student life hardly differs from the experiences students lived through in previous centuries. INTRODUCTION Student life is an unparalleled social phenomenon typically associated with revelry, fun, living in the moment, and yes, studying itself. This remarkable period of human life serves as a bridge from reckless adolescence to conscious adulthood. And,[…]

How Google, Apple and Microsoft Will Change Education in the Future

Technology is the driving factor that will change the face of education in the years to come. This is evident over the last few years with devices and online tutorials edging their way into the school curriculum. The giant companies such as Google, Apple and Microsoft are the main players who strive for improving the[…]

Top 5 Oldest Universities Worldwide

Educational institutions that have a long history have always fascinated young aspiring learners. They have a great heritage, and many remain relevant and active until today. Such entities offer classical courses as well as many modern specialties. Studying in these universities might be challenging as is it requires great effort and dedication. However, it is[…]

The History of the Emergence of Ancient Universities

Ever wondered about the origin of universities? If so, this article is going to be of interest you. The term university according to Wikipedia refers to an institution of higher learning or tertiary education and research. Every high school kid desires to go to university, although not all of them make it. Many Universities have[…]

Top 5 Student-Athlete Perks You Can Enjoy in College

It’s a rare high school student who doesn’t dream about college. People pursue degrees not only for the sake of prestige and expanded career possibilities. In college, students learn important academic and life lessons, develop crucial skills, and broaden their horizons. Just like high school graduates, athletes apply to colleges to get a coveted degree[…]

John Dewey: Portrait of a Progressive Thinker

His ideas altered the education of children worldwide. “I believe that education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform.” John Dewey “He was loved, honored, vilified, and mocked as perhaps no other major philosopher in American history.” Larry Hickman In July 1894, a train carrying a young philosopher from Ann Arbor, Michigan, pulled[…]

The Importance of Studying Humanities

Moral and political philosophy become sterile when they do not engage creatively with art, especially with literature. This is a revised excerpt of a talk given to students at the Inaugural Australian Youth Humanities Forum, hosted at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus. After two days at this fine conference, you will know more than[…]

Seven Unexpected Things That Libraries Offer Besides Books

With advancements in technology, libraries are offering much more than something to read. A library researcher offers a sampling of some unexpected items that library patrons can check out these days. Local libraries are often thought of as places to check out books or engage in some silent reading. But libraries offer so much more than just[…]

Plato and Liberal Education

Plato conceived education as an art of perfecting human beings. By Br. Francis Maluf What Is Education? Plato conceived education as an art of perfecting man. According to this view, education is possible because man is a perfectible being. Nobody ever talks about perfecting God, because God is not perfectible, but perfect; nor do we[…]

A Decade of Development: A History of Open Educational Resources

A history of the idea of Open Educational Resources and overview the current state of the Open Educational Resources movement. History Introduction Histories are difficult to write for many reasons. One reason is the difficulty of determining where to begin telling the story – for there is never a true starting point to a tale[…]

Becoming the Board of Education

The origins of the Board ran through Sam Rayburn’s mentor, fellow Texan John Garner, and Garner’s predecessor in the Speaker’s chair, Nicholas Longworth. Introduction Board of Education. Doghouse. Cabinet Room. Sanctum sanctorum. Or, as Speaker Sam Rayburn modestly called his tiny hideaway where informal legislating happened, “the little room.” Despite changing hands, names, and even[…]

Sex Education with Andreas Vesalius in the Early Modern World

Looking beyond an initial impression to dissect what is happening beyond the surface in particular historical contexts. On the first day of my class, ‘Witches, Workers, & Wives,’ I showed students an image from Book 5 of Andreas Vesalius’ De humani corporis fabrica libri septem (On the fabric of the human body in seven books).At first glance, my students[…]

What Hundreds of American Libraries Owe to Carnegie’s Disdain for Inherited Wealth

One reason why the steel magnate spent so much of his fortune building libraries across the nation and abroad is that he saw handing large fortunes to the next generation as a waste of money. The same ethos that turned Andrew Carnegie into one of the biggest philanthropists of all time made him a fervent[…]

A History of the Medieval University of Paris

The historic University of Paris first appeared in the second half of the twelfth century. Introduction The historic University of Paris (French: Université de Paris) first appeared in the second half of the twelfth century, but was in 1970 reorganized as 13 autonomous universities (University of Paris I–XIII). The university is often referred to as the Sorbonne or La Sorbonne after the collegiate institution (Collège[…]

Adrienne Herndon, an Uncommon 19th-Century Woman

Ahead of her time and outside of her assigned place, she beat the odds. By Carole MerrittFormer DirectorHerndon Home Museum Ahead of her time and outside of her assigned place, Adrienne Herndon (1869-1910) achieved acclaim in education, drama, and architecture in turn-of-the-century Atlanta. As head of the drama department at Atlanta University, as aspiring dramatic[…]