The Centrality of Virtue in the Ancient Understanding of Education

by David Diener June 28, 2015

In the contemporary discourse about education, discussion of virtue as the goal of education is strikingly absent. When “virtue education” is mentioned, it is generally treated as an add-on to the curriculum, not as the overarching goal of everything that is studied. This conception of education, however, stands in stark contrast to the ancient understanding […]

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Ancient Aristotle Education Pedagogy Philosophy Plato Virtue

What Hath Biology To Do With Physics

by Ravi Jain June 26, 2014

In contemporary schools we often imagine that all the natural sciences fit neatly together. Casual observers sometimes assume that the scientific approach offers a simple methodology which must only be applied in each subject. But woe to the headmaster who asks a young biology teacher to tackle a senior physics class or requests a physics […]

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Aristotle Biology Physics Teachers

The Quadrivium

by Ravi Jain May 28, 2010

The four liberal arts of the Quadrivium- arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy – have been central to the Western vision of education since the time of Plato and Aristotle. They actually provide the tools of learning for many other areas of study and historically undergirded the birth of modern science. This seminar will explore how […]

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Aristotle Arithmetic Astronomy Classical Education Geometry Music