Martin Luther: A Christian vision of school education

McKinney, S. (2017) Martin Luther: A Christian vision of school education. Pastoral Review, 13(6), pp. 45-50.

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This year marks the five hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation and there is a renewed interest in the life and work of Martin Luther. This article explores Martin Luther’s vision of school education. Martin Luther considered school education as essential in the preservation of the spiritual and temporal estates. A number of important themes emerge: the universal nature of this school education and the inclusion of girls, albeit at the more elementary stages, and the focus on a wide range of studies including the languages required to read and understand the scriptures. The article provides a critique of Luther’s ideas on school education and concludes by arguing that Luther has contributed to the history of ideas in education and the long and slow progress to mass compulsory state-funded school education.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McKinney, Professor Stephen
Authors: McKinney, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Creativity Culture and Faith
Journal Name:Pastoral Review
Publisher:Tablet Publishing
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The AuthorsTablet Publishing Co Ltd.
First Published:First published in Pastoral Review 13(6):45-50
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher.

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