A History of Education: The Islamic World: Basics

[Editor’s Note: This is the 10th in a series of blogs that examine how education developed throughout history until the present. Links to previous blogs are included at the bottom of the post.] From its inception, Islam has placed a high premium on education and has enjoyed a long, rich intellectual tradition as a result. … Continue reading “A History of Education: The Islamic World: Basics”


A History of Education: The Olmecs and the Maya

[Editor’s Note: This is the 9th in a series of blogs that examine how education developed throughout history until the present. Links to previous blogs are included at the bottom of the post.] Unlike in the other three areas of the world where writing arose independently, writing in Mesoamerica didn’t start as a means of … Continue reading “A History of Education: The Olmecs and the Maya”


A History of Education: China

[Editor’s Note: This is the 8th in a series of blogs that examine how education developed throughout history until the present. Links to previous blogs are included at the bottom of the post.] Between 3000-2500 BCE, the period during which the Semitic alphabet arose in the West, the Chinese developed a very different writing system … Continue reading “A History of Education: China”


A History of Education: The Greek Philosophers

[Editor’s Note: This is the 7th in a series of blogs that examine how education developed throughout history until the present. Links to previous blogs are included at the bottom of the post.] No discussion of the history of education would be complete without contemplating the ancient Greek philosophers, upon whose work many modern ideas … Continue reading “A History of Education: The Greek Philosophers”


A History of Education: Ancient Greece and Rome

[Editor’s Note: This is the 6th in a series of blogs that examine how education developed throughout history until the present. Links to previous blogs are included at the bottom of the post.] The Greeks inherited their written language from the Phoenicians, who inherited it from the Sumerians. But before the 5th century BCE, no … Continue reading “A History of Education: Ancient Greece and Rome”


A History of Education: Ancient Egypt

[Editor’s Note: This is the 5th in a series of blogs that examine how education developed throughout history until the present. Links to previous blogs are included at the bottom of the post.] As we’ve seen, writing developed independently in Egypt at about the same time as in Mesopotamia, about 3300 BCE. It was composed of … Continue reading “A History of Education: Ancient Egypt”


A History of Education: Mesopotamia and the Sumerians

[Editor’s Note: This is the 4th in a series of blogs that examine how education developed throughout history until the present. Links to previous blogs are included at the bottom of the post.] School as a concept of education correlates closely with the development of true writing, which arose independently around the world at least three … Continue reading “A History of Education: Mesopotamia and the Sumerians”


A History of Education: Prehistory to Pre-Industrial

[Editor’s Note: This is the 3rd in a series of blogs that examine how education developed throughout history until the present. Links to previous blogs are included at the bottom of the post.] In terms of biological history, schools are a very recent human invention. For hundreds of thousands of years, people lived in hunter-gatherer societies, … Continue reading “A History of Education: Prehistory to Pre-Industrial”


A History of Education: The Purpose of Education

[Editor’s Note: This is the 2nd in a series of blogs that examine how education developed throughout history until the present. Links to previous blogs are included at the bottom of the post.] Education is a means of shaping an individual’s life, whether in the classroom or outside of it. It imparts historical, societal, and … Continue reading “A History of Education: The Purpose of Education”


A History of Education: An Introduction

[Editor’s Note: This is the first in a year-long series of blogs that examines how education developed throughout history until the present.] In its broadest sense, education is the imparting of information from one generation to the generation that follows it. It can be accomplished by modeling actions, sharing oral knowledge, or through reading and … Continue reading “A History of Education: An Introduction”