The History of Education

Few fields have a less adequate understanding of their own histories than does education. This itself is a cause of inertia and inadequacy in education, both in the status quo but also amongst innovators. There is no understanding why or wherefore without understanding whence.

This project is dedicated to understanding the history of education, particularly its intellectual history: pedagogy, philosophy, and ideological patterns and arguments across the timeline.

There is a particular emphasis on understanding the intellectual roots and reception of Montessori education.

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Education Without Edification: Some Reflections on Ethics

Matt Bateman has just completed the first run of our course on the history of education, and I had the pleasure of assisting him by providing research on the history of pre-modern education. One of the most striking features of education in earlier eras and in ancient education particularly, is the absolute centrality of moral training to the goals of pedagogy.

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What Does Progressive Education Really Look Like? Part I: Philosophical Foundations

This series aims to explore whether progressive education, as envisioned by most American educators, implies a moral foundation, and, if so, what it would look like in practice. We begin with an explanation of American progressive education's philosophical origins, starting with a focus on Dewey's writings and how they have been interpreted.

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The Organization of Ancient Education: Part I

Dr. Jason Rheins explores a section of the Hermeneumata, and what it tells us about the structure of the first and second stages of Hellenistic and Roman education: basic literacy and language arts or “grammar”, respectively.

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Education Without Edification: Some Reflections on Ethics

Matt Bateman has just completed the first run of our course on the history of education, and I had the pleasure of assisting him by providing research on the history of pre-modern education. One of the most striking features of education in earlier eras and in ancient education particularly, is the absolute centrality of moral training to the goals of pedagogy.

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