Thoughts on Hippocrates

My Harvard Classics list lead me to Hippocrates this morning. I found two interesting quotes.

From “The Oath of Hippocrates”

“I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion.”

Life was sacred 2500 years ago.

And from “The Law of Hippocrates”

“First of all, a natural talent is required; for, when Nature leads the way to what is most excellent, instruction in the art takes place, which the student must try to appropriate to himself by reflection, becoming an early pupil in a place well adapted for instruction.”

‘Natural talent is required”, I’d say that goes for any subject. Everyone at any age should be encouraged in their natural talents. I hear often, “My child is doing great in reading, but math is harder for him so we’re doing more of math.” Why? His natural talent is in reading, why not encourage and develop that instead? Don’t you think he’ll find math when he is more naturally ready to learn those things?

I find it strange that older texts understand education and children better than our current times. I find it heartbreaking to watch what we currently do to children and then wonder why they have so many learning and emotional difficulties.

What would happen if we let children develop their natural talents instead?

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