History Rhymes - Christian Extremism on Education in Antiquity and Today
The following comes from an unpublished Hearth of Hellenism blog entry from 2017.
Mark Twain is credited for saying the following: History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes
It is a very compelling statement. I do think history plays out in cycles and patterns. Eventually, with enough time, events begin to match up with similarities if you are looking close enough. There are trends occurring in the United States that echo events and trends from Late Antiquity (roughly 4th-7th centuries). Both today and in Antiquity, Christianity was a destructive force in their societies. One thing, in particular, that was attacked both then and now is education. For our current situation, we do not need to look any further than Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The dismantling of public education and the advocacy for charter schools will do irreversible damage to our society.
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