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To lead a life of one's own: implications for learning and teaching

Author(s) Egbert Daum  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 1999  
Editor Alistair Ross, Young Citizens in Europe  
Language English  
Age group -  
The claim that learning shall or must have something to do with life is as old as the hills: we do not learn for school, but for life. Non scolae, sed vitae discimus. Originally, in the old Roman days, this saying is reported to have been just the other way round: Non vitae, sed scolae discimus. But the pedagogic tradition has not been able to endure this cynicism. Consequently, the saying was turned around and all scholastic learning was automatically justified by its practical relevance for life. Thus every educational intention could successfully be defended - even the driest and most boring instructivism.

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