gymnasium, academy, and lyceum, came to be applied to centers of classical study.
The Renaissance is also important because it spawned the women's movement in education. It was not because humanists like Erasmus advocated restricted education of women that we identify a new impetus for women's education. Rather, it was the courageous and literate challenge of Christine de Pisan for gender equality in education and life that marked the Renaissance as a time of change in the history of education for women.
Finally, it is important to remember that the humanities included study of all aspects of human beings: beautiful and ugly, triumphant and pathetic, generous and mean. Although humanists like Vittorino da Feltre embodied humane gentleness, the hard-headed realism of Niccolò Machiavelli was also part of the humanist tradition. The Reformation would keep the classical and vernacular thrusts of the Renaissance while reclaiming the earlier religious purpose of education.
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Publication information: Book title: Lives in Education:A Narrative of People and Ideas. Edition: 2nd. Contributors: L. Glenn Smith - Author, Joan K. Smith - Author. Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Place of publication: Mahwah, NJ. Publication year: 1994. Page number: 121.