noun. The systematic instruction, schooling, or training given to the young in preparation for the work of life


The Oxford English Dictionary cites Sir Thomas Elyot's 1531 The Book Named the Governor as the earliest instance of education in English. Elyot's work is an instruction manual on education, and it advocates reading classical writers and developing a well-grounded moral philosophy. Another definition, "the process of nourishing or rearing a child or young person," eventually evolved into the idea of "systematic instruction." By the mid-nineteenth century, education was understood as "culture or development of powers, formation of character, as contrasted with imparting of mere knowledge." With this understanding, Henry Manning wrote,...


is a retired secondary teacher of English and philosophy. For forty years he challenged students to dive deep into the classics of the Western canon, to think and write analytically, and to find the cultural constants reflected throughout that literature, art, and thought.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #60, Spring 2022 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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