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Justine King Mr. Smith AP Euro Per. 7/8 11/3/08 DBQ Essay Rewrite The Renaissance was a time of change. It began in Italy during the 14th century, and spread throughout the North. People all over Europe were affected, for the better and for the worse. People finally had a chance to control their own destiny. Renaissance education emphasized various values and purposes of which improved society, increased the economy, and restored religious beliefs. The social lives of people were greatly influenced by advancements in education during the Renaissance. As stated in Document 9, more people attended schools. Schools for girls were built. Girls were taught sewing, reading, writing, and dancing. Some of these schools taught singing and playing instruments. Language, philosophy, theology and mathematics were taught to upper class women. Yet, their education only prepared them for social life at home. Women had no political power and access to property. They played no role in shaping society. However, in Document 5, some men believed that learning is nourishment of the sinful nature of women. ...read more.

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In Document 4, Erasmus, a northern humanist, believed that all the knowledge within human reach lies in the literatures of ancient Greece and Rome. During the Renaissance education, people were taught to understand and judge the writings of others as confirmed in Document 6. Courtiers, aristocrats and nobles were able to write poetry and text. Men of high status gained respect and reputation through education, good penmanship, knowing how to ride, play, dance, sing, and dress well. Such skills helped attain preference and support among princes. In contrast, the school system spent too much time teaching grammar, rhetoric, geometry and music as acknowledged in Document 1. As a result, youths did not know how to behave in daily life situations. Scholars, therefore had little sense of the meaning and true use of knowledge. Consequently, they were able to write Latin of which no one of judgment would want to read. Renaissance education helped increase the economy of different cities in Europe. Art, a very important form of self-expression, became very popular during the Renaissance. ...read more.

Conclusion

As a consequence, they learned nothing about what is helpful to them in life. The Renaissance was a time of change and continues today. It was a rebirth of humanistic culture and an enhancement in education. During the Renaissance the improvement of society, stronger economy and restorement of religious beliefs was the key to Renaissance education. As stated in document 9, girls were now educated. In document 6, men were taught to understand and judge the works of others which were thought to help improve society. In addition, a stronger economy was achieved through education. Having an advanced education helped men of high status to achieve profit and honor which allowed the economy to grow. More children were able to receive an education with the more school systems available. Document 5 emphasized that Renaissance education restored religious beliefs. Women were taught to write sentences taken from the Holy Scriptures. Further, pastors warned their parishioners to send children to school not only learn liberal arts but to learn the virtue and discipline of God. (Document 7 From the School Ordinances of W�rttemberg, Germany, 1559) Even today, Renaissances are happening all over the world in families, and within ourselves. ...read more.

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