What is Paideia?
Paideia is a Greek word that refers to the education and development of the whole person, both intellectually and morally. In ancient Greece, paideia was considered to be an essential aspect of a person’s upbringing and was closely associated with the formation of one’s character and the development of one’s intellectual and moral virtues.
The Paideia program was an educational reform movement that was developed in the early 20th century by German philosopher and educational reformer Wilhelm von Humboldt. The Paideia program sought to create an educational system that would focus on the development of the whole person, including their intellectual, physical, and moral capabilities. The program emphasized the importance of classical education and the study of the humanities, and sought to create a more holistic and well-rounded educational experience for students.
Paideia also refers to a specific educational institution that implements this philosophy and program, such as Paideia Academy, Paideia School, or Paideia Institute.
Paideia, both as a concept and as a program, emphasizes the importance of lifelong learning and the development of critical thinking skills, and continues to be influential in education today.