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What were the changes in education during the Renaissance?

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The major change in education during the Renaissance had to do with making education serve the purpose of the humanists.  This meant that education was aimed much more towards secular purposes than it previously had been.  It also meant that education was based more on science than simply on learning what ancient authorities had said.

In times before the Renaissance, education was centered around the Church.  It was based on Biblical teachings and its whole purpose was to get people ready to be leaders in the Church.  By contrast, humanistic education was meant to create good people and citizens.  For this purpose, education became more practical.  It started to emphasize such things as history, astronomy, music, and geometry that were not that much use to Church leaders but which were of importance to people who wanted to be part of a Renaissance, humanistic society.

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