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Grammar as Teacher
Grammar
Seven Liberal Arts
Münster Church
Frieburg, Germany
(1270–90)

Professor Ayers Bagley of the University of Minnesota maintains a delightful Web site he calls the Virtual Museum of Educational Iconics, a treasury of ancient representations of the pedagogical arts. Among the photographs of artifacts are several depictions of Grammar — nine centuries' worth — accompanied by Bagley's lecture called "Grammar as Teacher." The image to the left is one such artful icon, Grammar as one of the "Seven Liberal Arts," a thirteenth-century sculpture found in Münster Church. Notice that Grammar has a pretty good hold on the ear of one student and is holding a hefty cudgel that could whack the split infinitives and dangling participles from between the ears of any young and stubborn head.

Click the enter button below to visit Professor Bagley's lecture and collection of art work.

Grammar as Teacher

We have created this hyperlink and used this image of Grammar with the permission of Professor Bagley and the University of Minnesota.