|The Young Cicero Reading by Foppa, c. 1464|
It's Italian for "The Joyful House". Now wouldn't that be a fitting name for a CM community or school? Based on all the times Mason references the importance of joy, I think so. Marit (dd15) was reading Renaissance and Reformation Times by Dorothy Mills a wonderful living history book for jr. high or high school when she came across this description of the school run by Vittorino de Feltre during the early 1400's.
Vittorino believed in the importance of not only what was taught, but how and where teaching was done. He believed that the influences of surroundings were of great importance and he cared a good deal about the buildings in which his school was carried on. At Mantua the school was held in a a large garden-house to which he gave the name of La Casa Giocosa, the Joyful House, and the walls were covered with gay frescoes of children at work an at play....To Vittorino, every child whom he taught was an individual whose special needs and future were his concern...Vittorino looked out into the world in which his pupils would one day live, and it was his ideal to give them a training that would make them worthy of the heritage into which they would enter. (Renaissance and Reformation Times by Dorothy Mills, 1939, p. 160)
|medallion of Vittorino, c. 1446|
Should girls have equal advantages with boys? Vittorino taught girls and boys together. Is early education important? He laid himself out for children of five years old. Should lessons be pleasant? La Giocosa not only named but described his school. Should there be a mixture of classes in a school? He taught children whom he educated out a his large charity with the children of princes. Do we desire a wide and liberal curriculum? This was what he accomplished - Latin and Greek, Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, Natural Philosophy, Euclid, Astronomy, Natural History, Music, Choral Singing, Dancing, all games for the training and exercising of the body, and a good deal besides. Plutarch was made much use of as an educational instrument, being employed with the Bible to teach morals...Do we pride ourselves on the higher education of women? This is an old story in Italian education, where women were advanced to professorial chairs even in universities for men. Are we beginning to expect that parents should be serious students of the philosophy of education? This was a matter of course for the fifteenth-century parent, to whom the schoolmaster looked for intelligent cooperation.I find this sort of thing terrifically interesting. Masterly inactivity for the teacher, I guess. It's a little late to change our CM community's name or our school name. Maybe some other venture...someday.
From joy to joy,
|Renaissance and Reformation Times by Dorothy Mills|