Education in the middle Ages was directly linked to the church. Medieval scholars designed their own brand of philosophy, interpreting the teachings of Aristotle to agree with their religious beliefs. Their combination of philosophy and theology is known as scholasticism. Education of the Middle Ages Education, as we know it today, did not exist in the middle Ages. Illiteracy was dominant among the population. Scribes were the exception to the rule. Churches were the main source of knowledge and schooling. The medieval Christian curriculum focus was on study. The medieval scholars used classical learning for Christian purposes. Judaism rejected the worldâ€™s standards of the pagan culture and education. The church went from mostly Hebrew to mostly Gentile. Christianity embraced the worldviews with open arms.
Two traditions of classical literature and philosophy separated the classical
world, but were brought together for the first time in fruitful union by the church and rearranged into an educational method that would be the standard of learning for the next one thousand years. The joining of the literary and scientific worldviews in Christ was the unique contribution of Medieval Christianity. The science of grammar and rhetoric were brought into conjunction with the science of dialectic (logic). They were arranged progressively, so that the student could use them to achieve his true goal, which in many cases was the science of theology. This system, known as the Trivium, was the foundation of the seven liberal arts programs that became universal throughout the middle Ages. This methodology was kept alive in the West. It used textbooks and examples from the ancient world [Greek and Roman] and never saw a need for writing new ones. That was not because it accepted paganism, but because it believed that in many cases the basic curricula of certain structures had been worked out in the ancient world and did not