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Why a School without Scholé (Leisure) is No School at All

Our word “school” comes from the Greek word scholé which means leisure, refreshing conversation and activity–or restful learning. Ironically modern, American education is virtually anything but restful and so in a profound sense many American schools have ceased to be schools at all. In this seminar, we will trace the tradition of scholé and explore how critical it
is that we recover restful learning and return scholé to our schools. We will also spend time discussing the practical ways that restful learning can be implemented in our schools and homeschools, from establishing restful (liturgical) routines and rhythms to selecting books and pedagogy that enhance contemplation and rest rather than cheat them.