Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Truly Educated Person?

Let me ask you this, "Who determines if someone is truly educated?"

Most children of nobles were educated until the age of fourteen, thus students learned Greek and Latin. The Fall of Rome caused most educational institutions to not function, thus teaching changed radically as the focus became more religious in content. The religious institutions dominated the education spectrum during the medieval period. During this early period, most of the population was uneducated causing an increase in poor political decision-making. This poor decision-making cause a lack of centralized power and a great deal of conflict (Medievality, 2010).

At the start of the Renaissance period, education was a privilege. Most schools were located in churches, thus boys were taught to memorize hundreds of pieces to be sung in church services. Other subjects included writing, reading, and math. Textbooks existed, though few. Slant boards were used by most students. Boys could be businessmen, craftsmen, or study to become monks or teachers. The fortunate students that attended school realized the demanding schedule, as classes occurred from early morning to late evening (Handbook of the Renaissance, 2010).

The differences between the medieval period and the Renaissance period were vast, in that it was dependent on the time. The medieval period appeared to be a matter of survival versus the more privileged Renaissance period. In contemporary American higher education, the concept of a truly educated period is in the eyes of the beholder. Some scholars believe that for-profit universities are worthless, while others believe access is afforded anyone who pursues their educational passion. Is a modern day mechanic that lacks a formal education considered to be truly educated?

Handbook of the Renaissance. (2010). Renaissance handbook. Retrieved from

Medievality. (2010). Medieval education. Retrieved from

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