Α. COURCES ON ANCIENT GREEK
The department of Research, Documentation and Educational Technology of the Pedagogical Institute conducted a research on the effects of teaching Ancient Greek Language to High School students. The interviewed teachers (philologists) claim that teaching of Ancient Greek helps the students to:
a. enrich their vocabulary,
b. understand the older texts of Contemporary Greek Literature,
c. understand the terminology of math, physics, chemistry, biology and science in general, which are part of their curriculum,
d. use modern Greek language correctly,
e. develop critical thinking and their mental ability and
f. realize the continuity and timelessness of the Greek Language.
According to the theory of Professor of Philology Eric Havelock, that is based on Plato’s work, the Ancient Greek alphabet caused the genesis of a plethora of abstract concepts in the Ancient Greek world because of the activation of the brain of its users. The scientific facts supporting Havelock’s theory are the following:
- The Broca area, that is located in the left part of the brain, was activated a bit more by the Greek alphabet, because written vowels were used successfully for the first time.
- The human brain was radically re-programmed.
- The above mentioned extraordinary change in brain function has caused an essential change in the psychology of the users of this alphabet.
The benefit for the development and the optimal use of the brain is recognized by international University professors who propose the systematic teaching of Ancient Greek as treatment for dyslexic children.
It is interesting that since 2010, following relative experts’ proposal, children in English primary schools in Oxford are taught Ancient Greek, as an addition to their curriculum.
Β. A COURSE IN MIRACLES
Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
In that lies the peace of God.
These are the first lines of the book “A Course in Miracles”. It makes a distinction between the real and the unreal. Between the perception and the knowledge. The knowledge is truth according to the law of love, or of God. The truth is unchanged, eternal and stable. It might not be recognized but it cannot be altered. It stands for all that God created and only what He created is real.
“The world of perception is the world of change, of beginnings and endings. It is based on interpretations, on the faith, in lack, loss and separation and it is unstable in its function and inaccurate in its interpretations….”
(Α Course in Miracles – Introduction/ Prologue)