Wednesday, September 08, 2004

"Addicted" to Greek mythology

There are days when I feel like we are still intellectually in the 4th century C.E. Consider this little flap over "Classical education" and the danger of becoming "addicted to Greek mythology."

To read the article by Christian-homeschooling celebrity Elizabeth Smith that started it, go here and scroll down past the poll results.

She writes, "Some have claimed that Classical Education is really a Christian idea that was stolen by pagans and we just need to reclaim it. However, the history of education, including Classical Education, traces its roots to the pagan Greek philosophers like Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle around 500-400 B. C."

No? Really?

"Have you ever met someone addicted to Greek mythology? I have, and I have never forgotten it. In consideration of our children’s varying temperaments, how can we tell whether or not some of this literature will be harmful to them? I am also concerned about the 'spirit' of Classical Education. Just as our faith has a spiritual element to it, so does humanism. We all know stories about someone who has started out on the path to God and had their faith shipwrecked."

Didn't the blessed emperor Julian deal with all of this about 362 with his edict on Christian schoolteachers? Smart man, Julian.

Thanks to Tolle, Blogge for the link--and for the story of the original article's curious disappearance from the homeschooling site that originally hosted it.


Blogger mayeve said...

Oh, dear. My 13-year-old son is not just addicted to Greek mythology, but Egyptian and Norse too! Whatever am I to do?!? ;-)

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