What is a Comenius School?

“The proper education of the young does not consist in stuffing their heads with a mass of words, sentences, and ideas dragged together out of various authors, but in opening their understanding to the outer world, so that a living stream may flow from their minds, just as leaves, flowers, and fruit spring forth from the bud on a tree.” John Amos Comenius (1592 - 1660)

John Amos Comenius was an innovative 17th century Moravian Bishop who made unusually productive contributions to the world.  His ideas completely transformed education. He was a visionary, advocating equal education of men and women, rich and poor alike. Comenius also was the first person to use pictures in textbooks. He believed that learning and spiritual growth should be woven together -- especially in the teaching of children.

He taught that education began in the earliest days of childhood, and continued throughout life. His philosophy of Pan sophism (meaning 'all knowledge') attempted to incorporate theology, philosophy, and education into one. He believed that learning, spiritual, and emotional growth was all woven together.