The Communication of Greek Culture, Tradition and Cultural Heritage to High School Students: A First Investigation in Greek High Schools

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The Communication of Greek Culture, Tradition and Cultural Heritage to High School Students: A First Investigation in Greek High Schools


St Karagiannis, Maria, Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies


Abstract

The article attempts to make some evidence of cultural events throughout the intermediate educational system in relation to the cultural activities that are being offered to high school students. It refers to the educational planning and the importance of it so that: every high school student can be aware of the culture, the traditions and the cultural heritage. The article records the steps of modernization, which sometimes levels any cultural idea. At the same time, it investigates and outlines the ways that Greek cultural heritage can be enriched until 2020. To conclude the above, we used an anonymous questionnaire (quantitative research) that was given to high school students from all over the country. We aim at the culture, the tradition and the cultural heritage of Greeks, assembling the interest of individual researchers, school-teachers, students but also the masterminds that are in charge of planning the educational courses. We hope that our attempt concerning the teaching of culture, tradition and cultural heritage combined with the results of our research will become a reflection in the educational field. As a result, there should be no subjective intention on the part of teachers in relation to mentioning the tradition and the cultural heritage of Greeks during the school period, but these points will be included in the main courses.

Keywords: educational system, modernization, Greek culture, Greek tradition, Greek cultural heritage.

INTRODUCTION

Melina Merkouri (2012) always stressed out that we have the privilege to live in a country in every single inch of wich,its culture and history are revealed. However, if we examine that in a macroscopic view, we come across to the fact of the cultural transformation. It is reasonable but scientifically difficult, if not impossible, for one to answer to the question: "where does modern culture go", or how ethics are being transformed and simplified, while living conditions are not being improved. On the contrary, crimes have become more and wilder. Local wars do not seem to have an end fraud, mischief, fallacy and calumny get bigger. The love for the fellowman, beyond sayings and statements, is decreasing. The freedom of individuals and nations is infringed. The wild instincts are the dominant ones, while our era is considered to be a transitional stage of tremendous changes and transformation in modern culture. Tsoureas Eustr (2001).

For the time being, the Greeks believe that because of the economic crisis, which is a moral crisis as well, their country is in a really disadvantageous position. The country can be rescued only by being under the everlasting values of the Greek culture. By mentioning the Greek culture, we refer to the one that was developed in this country from the early days of our history with significance to the 5th and 4th century BC and has been maintained up until our days; the monuments of incomparable art express its meaning. Our ancestors conceived for the first time the history of humanity, and since then, all people believe it.

They came across the form of humanity, which was moved away by the feasibility and the interest. They believed with all their heart that the human nature, even though mortal, is the miracle of creation and that man's only purpose is to live in the highest moral and spiritual level. Ergolavos Sp. (1992)

The Meaning of Greek Tradition and Culture

It is our belief that visitors-tourists of our country, from the very first moment they visit the country, experience the nature of Greek cultural heritage. In a recent visit to Vienna, we discussed with Greek and Austrian academic professors about the similarities and the differences of the nations around the area. One of them said: "I remember that the first time I came to Greece, I was immediately under the impression that there was a «Menschliche Würde», a sense of hospitality". We thought he was influenced by the early Greek classicism which had influenced Europe in the earlier years. …

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