Friday, April 29, 2011

A Bit More on Augustine & Education

I'm good at saying 3/4 of what I had in mind ...another aspect of his moral-spiritual concern about education is that something that God created - knowledge and human capability to learn - was/is corrupted or truncated into something far less than what God intended. If he didn't say it somewhere explicitly - very possible, from what little I've read - he definitely would have agreed with the idea that evil, or much of it, was something good distorted.

Augustine's Confessions is written in a manner - it's like a public prayer of confession to God - that some readers, even Christian readers, might find trying. I'm finding it interesting, though, and insightful regarding human nature. I don't anticipate making a habit, though, of frequent blog posts about Augustine.

Just a short quote ... we imagine Maria Montessori or John Holt to have been education pioneers?

... free curiosity has greater power to stimulate learning than rigorous coercion.

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