As an educator, I have always been fascinated by my student’s love for Greek mythology. Through the years, I find that Greek myths are there to contribute building strong foundations in a child’s moral development.
In Greek mythology, mythical characters undertake a unique and important role and mission. Their choices, decisions and actions come to be of equal importance. Through the myths, children develop their own sense of right or wrong choices and their impact. I have noticed that this is particularly evident when children are asked to reflect on a mythical character’s choice: their innate sense of good vs. bad or wrong vs. right makes them give the same answer, unanimously.
Having children explore mythical heroes while they read Greek mythology is a powerful and at the same time safe way for them to explore good and evil as a lifelong skill.
What mythical heroes could you use in your classroom?