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Self-discipline and the Marshmallows

Every man, if he is ever to maintain his inner freedom and succeed in life, should fight – a lasting and victorious fight- against his instincts and his base desires. Ancient Greeks had also reached this conclusion and expressed it in the following quote: «Οὐδεὶς ἐλεύθερος ἑαυτοῦ μὴ κρατῶν». ” No man is free unless he is a master of his own self” – that is, no one is free if he cannot curb or control his evil tendencies. Nowadays

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Vacation Pitfalls

Every student keeps dreaming of vacations throughout the school year,  Christmas break, Easter break, and especially Summer vacations. It is certainly not only for youngster to keep dreaming and wishing for vacation time , but for adults as well.Howerver, let us focus our attention on children for time being. Why is the face of a child lit up just by listening to the word ”vacations”? Firstly, because leisure time is increasingly less throughout the school year, free time is scarce

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SEARCHING FOR BALANCE

Education as cultivation of spirituality and  ethics pertains to not only the spirit and the intellect of a man but also to his/her body. And that is because man is a combination of both the spiritual and the physical, so he/she needs to take care of and cultivate both of those aspects. The achievement of this goal is accomplished amongst other things by two important gals/prerequisites: physical exertion and  creative contact with nature and its rhythms.   Physical Exertion How

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The importance of conversation

There is no activity, no matter how creative and suitable for someone it is, which can replace a conversation that is held between a child and their parent –father or mother. Children need to talk to their parents and teachers, so we, parents and teachers, should do our best to satisfy that need, but also further encourage the good habit of conversation. Its benefits are many. To begin with, the children’s self-confidence increases. They feel that they are respected and

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GREEK FAMILIES AND GREEK LANGUAGE

  Routine number 1: Parents and children daily rushing about, to be in time for after-school activities (sports, music, ballet, foreign languages, etc.), grandparents co-operating with and supporting parents, everyone looking constantly at their watches! A reasonable (for most people) question is the following: Why is not Greek one of our basic priorities, as youngsters’ poor vocabulary has been a public discussion issue for decades? Routine number 2: Children walking on the streets, watching and playing with their mobile phones,

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Has the role of a parent changed?

We live in fast times. Everything and everyone is going fast and we are constantly running around to catch up . Of course, children are no exception to this rule. They too have too many obligations and chores, both school-related and extra-curricular. As for free time? All that remains is plundered away by the entertainment industry and the virtual world of the Internet. If the above sounds familiar to your reality, it is obvious we are facing a complete change

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IS ANCIENT GREEK TOO DIFFICULT TO LEARN?

One of the main reasons why we despise the Ancient Greek language or rather why we discourage our children from learning it is due to its perceived difficulty. Of course, this is not the only reason: this is a ‘dead’ language, one claims, this is just like a foreign language, claims yet another … But let us first stick to the matter of perceived difficulty in learning ancient Greek and make some useful- in our opinion- observations First Observation. Let

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE GREEK LANGUAGE

The Greek language is the expression and the emblazonment of a nation, the Greek nation, through time. Greeks have saved a tradition which has its fundaments on a spiritual mountain range, metaphorically speaking: the Creto-Mycenean heritage and the heroic ethics, the archaic cities-states and the classical miracle, philosophy, and tragedy, the Macedonian leap, and the Alexandrian flourishing, the Orthodox Christian faith, and the “Byzantine” renaissance, the Modern Greek folk songs and the rest of the literature. The Greek language is

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Sharp eye obtainment

When Sir Alexander Fleming (1881 – 1955) was at an old age and already famous, hewas once asked in an interview what –in his opinion- he owed his sharp eye to, thanks to which he discovered penicillin. Fleming, harking back to his past life, had to turn back to his childhood: “In the place where I grew up (at Lochfield farm, near Darvel, in East Ayrshirein Scotland,there was not a school. Every day I had to cross a little forest,

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The value of role models (children do not listen to us: they imitate us)

There is nothing more powerful than a role model. When Aristotle remarks that man «μιμητικὸν ὄν ἐστι» = “is a mimetic creature”, he means the following: that men follow the lead which takes place in front of their very eyes. That means: mere words and advice may be useful, yet if there is an inconsistency between words and actions, then the effect of words is almost null. For instance, everyone of us, parents and teachers, agree that reading good literary

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