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In the UK, found an old school mural

February 14 2007

In one of the UK private schools - Eton College - workers have found the oldest in Europe, a fresco depicting the learning process. It dates back to 1520. The fresco depicts two rows of boys and their teacher, but no less important, the figure was escorted latin quotes, evidence of advanced teaching methods to the Middle Ages. Eton fresco was also the oldest secular fresco in the UK.

Restorers, which paved the mural, found that children at her shows in quite individual poses: someone listens to a teacher, someone wrote, one boy grimacing, and the other plays in the top. Soft felt hats on the heads of schoolchildren allow us to date the scene early XVI century.

One of the Latin inscriptions accompanying the image of school everyday,, borrowed from the text of Quintilian, Roman rhetorician and teacher, I century AD. "A good teacher encourages the individual abilities of each boy and not trying to turn children into machines" - a rough translation of quotes given restorer Lisa Shekede. This approach to teaching points on the distribution of humanist pedagogy in the British Isles, wrote The Times.

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