Wednesday, January 22, 2020

What is Scholé?

What is scholé?

Scholé (pronounced skoh-LAY) comes from the Greek word for leisure (it's also where we get the English word for school.) But don't go thinking that this means leisurely chilling on a couch watching a tv show and calling it school... that is NOT what scholé means!
I love this quote from Simply Convivial: "The classical ideal for education, which culminated in philosophy, was that its goal was truth-seeking, not profit-earning. To be pursuing education, philosophy, or theology was to be at leisure, because one was not concerned with productivity, profit, or politics."
Scholé is leisurely pursuing quality pursuits (in this case educational pursuits), highly focusing on Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.

Scholé is being intentional with the subjects we choose to teach our children and with the greater vision of shaping them into who they will grow up to be and not so much with how well they will pass their tests.
Do you scholé?