The Ancients Stole All Our Good Ideas…Again

I love this list from edudemic.

But it’s not a list for today’s learners, really, is it. It’s a list for learners for all times. I mean, I can’t imagine that if you brought to these to the, desk, oh, say 50 years ago or even a thousand years ago, you’d fail school.

And it’s not really a list for learners, is it. It’s a list for humans; that is, this is rather close to the intellectual virtues, a list of qualities we want to cultivate in order to call ourselves human in the first place; a list, not incidentally, that has existed since ancient times. (In the Nichomachean Ethics, Book VI, for example, Aristotle lays out five “virtues of the intellect:” wisdom, empirical knowledge, reason, prudence and art or skill, that could encompass all we see in the illustration above.)

I like what was done in this lovely take on the history storytelling which makes a good connection between past and present.

It’s important to make this connection between then and now. It’s prudent and wise, I think Aristotle would say. Certainly, If we don’t, we’re cutting ourselves off from a couple thousand years of sustained conversation about education. We’re not really inventing–innovating?–a new education as rediscovering an venerable one.


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