Dale P. Woodiel


When we introduce the classics to students in our high schools today we are destined for less success than that attained by television programs and films simply because we are restricted to the use of the written word, a far less impressive medium for communicating with today's youth than the visual image. It is instructive, however, to remember that it was not always so. There was a world before film, a world in which love and respect for the written classics was central to a young person's education.

The Greek classical period has had a continued presence in and influence upon subsequent cultures. The author discusses techniques of communicating an understanding of Greek classicism to today's high school students.

This article is based on a lecture delivered at the The Greeks Institute, a series of lectures presented to secondary school teachers in the Bridgeport Public Schools during the spring of 1989. Co-sponsored by the Connecticut Humanities Council, Sacred Heart University, and the Bridgeport Public Schools, the purpose of the institute has been to provide teachers with an interdisciplinary exploration of classical Greece for the purposes of professional enrichment and curriculum development.



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