Post Eagle Newspaper

Monday

May 20, 2024

45°F, few clouds
New Jersey

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12:00:00

School

The word for today is – SCHOOL – which comes from the Greek word – SCHOLE – which means – LEISURE, VACATION, or REST. This appears to be a contradiction at first hand but etymologically it is not. The ancient Greeks were earnest about education. Greek children were taught at home. They had tutors for mathematics and language. When the tutorial session was finished the student had free time and leisure. Generally the student proceeded to the market square or to a park-like grove to listen to philosophers discuss various topics. This was his SCHOLE.