elcome to the spring 2006 issue of Scientia Scholae . If you are unfamiliar with us, our mission is to provide quality, thought-provoking articles related to the teaching of Medieval Studies in elementary and secondary schools.
The current issue contains one article and one book review. The first, by Carl James Grindley, provides insightful advice on teaching Dante in the secondary classroom. He points out how misinformed the public is as far as Dante is concerned – the public has but peripheral knowledge of the work, as he shows us in a rather convincing manner. He also highlights how difficult it can be to teach the Inferno in a group setting (meaning ‘group work’), as personal prejudices and biases can play a very negative role, straying from the teacher’s original intent. We need to be careful with our discussions of the Inferno so that students are given insight into Dante’s logic, which is what they should walk away with once the course has reached its conclusion. He provides a solid example for work on Dante that should prove useful to many teachers.
The book review by John Morgan treats a topic that is prickly for many – discussing the Bible in the classroom. He finds The Bible in Western Culture The Student’s Guide (Rutledge, 2005) by Dee Dyas and Ester Hughes a volume worth having in the classroom. I am sure that you will find his review worthwhile and very practical, especially his advice that this book would help students to understand not only outward biblical references in literature or in their study of history, but also references in popular culture. With the film version of The Da Vinci Code due to be released on May 19, his point is well-taken!
Don’t forget that we have a book review editor, Rebecca Barnhouse, from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. Professor Barnhouse works with college students who are aspiring teachers, as she herself once was before entering the professoriate. If you know of a book for which you would like to see a pedagogical review, please inform her. You may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org .
As always, remember to take a moment to share your passion for Medieval Studies with your students. You may impart something to them that will remain with them for a lifetime.
Kevin J. Ruth, Tower Hill School
Original Citation: Scientia Scholae, Volume IV, Issue 2, Spring 2006
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