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Mortimer Adler’s Paideia Curriculum

In his book, The Paideia Proposal (1982), Adler set forth his ideas for a school curriculum based on a classical, humanist education. The word paideia is of Greek origin, referring to the upbringing of a child. It is related to the terms pedagogy and pediatrics. As he notes in the acknowledgement to the book, “in an extended sense, [paideia is] the equivalent of the Latin humanitas… signifying the general learning that should be in the possession of all human beings. In this sense, the paideia curriculum is designed to offer a general, liberal education to school students.”