Andreas Andreou, Sofia Iliadou, Ioannis Mpetsas: EDUCATION FOR EXCELLENCE AND LEADERSHIP IN GREECE. THE “NATIONAL SCHOOL OF ANAVRYTA” FROM A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

ABSTRACT

Looking into the subject of education for excellence and leadership in the history of Greek education, the “National School of Anavryta” seems to be a specific case of educational institution, which has hardly been studied in the relevant literature. Founded ad hoc to educate the Crown Prince Constantine, the school of Anavryta applied the educational ideas and school practices instituted by Kurt Hahn in Salem, Germany and Gordonstoun in Scotland, addressing descendants of rich and powerful families of Greek society and, to a limited extent, gifted students from lower social strata. Character building, community service, experiential learning, activities with elements of adventure and danger, public speaking, theatrical performances, physical education and outdoor experiences, all formed a series of extracurricular opportunities that went beyond the realm of the normal curriculum. Those educational innovations, in tune to the educational ideal of Kurt Hahn, placed the Anavryta School in the Round Square group. Though, the “National School of Anavryta” was eventually an expensive educational borrowing based on a foreign innovative educational experiment. A public school that allegedly occurred, to respond to the educational needs of the royal family and the upper socio-economic class in impoverished Greece. A public elitist school heavily criticized for its incongruity with the needs and priorities of Greek people.
 
MENON: Journal Of Educational Research, http://www.edu.uowm.gr/site/journal (ISSN: 1792-8494)