Thursday, January 13, 2011

Teaching in the Middle Ages

How the times have changed:
The professors took oaths to the student bodies, to follow their codes. If they wished to be absent from their duties, they were obliged to get leave of absence from the rectors. They were required to begin and close their lectures promptly at the ringing of the bell under penalty of a fine and were forbidden to skip any part of the text-books or postpone the answer to questions to the end of the lecture hour. Another rule required them to cover a certain amount of ground in a given period [called reaching a certain 'point', or punctum]. The professors were kept in awe by the threat which the student body held over them of migrating when there was cause for dissatisfaction.
-Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Vol 5, pg 565-566.

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