Lecture 1: Educating Youth at the Time of the Lutheran Reformation
(Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. by Prof. em. Arnold Koelpin)
The focus of this lecture will be the concrete ways the Lutheran Reformation impacted the education of young people. We have heard Luther speak out in support of Christian education in texts like “A Sermon on Keeping Children in School” and “To the Councilmen of All the Cities of Germany that They Establish and Maintain Christian Schools.” The goal of this lecture is to explore in a concrete way what exactly this meant for grade school instruction, curriculum, and teacher preparation in those lands that adopted the Lutheran Reformation. How was school different for a child because of the Lutheran Reformation? How have these changes been a blessing to elementary education in our Lutheran schools down to this very day?