It’s back-to-school time again – time for getting back into the swing of things and adapting to busy schedules. Summer vacation is over, and for many, it’s back to structured days of homework and exam prep. If we look back to ancient Greece, we see that life for schoolchildren did not always follow such set plans day-to-day. Greek education was less formal, and parents chose whether or not to send their children to particular educational programs.
While memorizing by heart the works of poets may no longer be a standard academic practice in modern Western society, key elements of Classical Greek education endure. Aristotelian logic, the Socratic method, and Plato’s academic skepticism are all still relevant in the classroom today.
Test how much you know about the ancient Greek education system that developed the minds of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Archimedes, Pythagoras, Herodotus, and Hippocrates.[qzzr quiz=”262671″ width=”100%” height=”auto” redirect=”true” offset=”0″]
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Featured image credit: “The School of Athens” by Raphael. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.
Great old book on the subject, “Schools of Hellas” by Kenneth J. Freeman
Concerning the claim that the Sophists introduced the study of sciences in formal education: Decades before the Sophists, the Pythagoreans were doing something that could be described this way
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