School? From whence the word?

Our word “school” has an interesting derivation…



From Ancient Greek σχολή


schola (genitive scholae); ffirst declension

  1. Leisure time given to learning.
  2. school; a place for learning or instruction.
  3. student body; the disciples of a teacher.
  4. sect; body of followers of a teacher or system, such as the Praetorian guard.
  5. An art gallery.

How close or far from the above ideas are we?  Is there any connection between leisure and learning in our schools?


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