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ERIC Number: EJ844443
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1535-0584
The Power of Tradition: Methods for Teaching Latin in the Context of History of Educational Thought
Fomin, Andriy
American Educational History Journal, v32 n2 p202-207 2005
Many authors note that the history of teaching Latin would be a fruitful topic for a comprehensive treatise. Although intense debates about the quality and necessity of teaching Latin date back as early as in the eighteenth century, Latin courses have persisted into the present and, notably, with few changes in content. The author supports the assumption that the methods for teaching Latin stayed the same throughout the centuries, because the grammar, which outlined the philosophical concept of language and ergo the basis of precepts of how to treat it, was not revisited. Latin, its grammar, and the methods for teaching it were not reconsidered because they were artificially attributed to tradition, which had to be preserved rather than criticized. With the exception of classics and history majors, Latin has changed from the tool of proper education to an intellectual curiosity, a hobby, and a source of cultural ornamentation. The authority of tradition at the expense of the struggle of generations of students over the incomprehensible grammar has allowed Latin to come down to individuals in the form Cicero and Caesar knew it.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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