Hey Plate, long time no hear from. its been a while. Anyway I am in receipt of your parchment, dated 385 B.C. Well you know the mail these days, with postal rates always going up and all.
And then there was all that talk a while back of eliminating weekend deliveries, well you catch my drift.
I realize your fellow countryman Herodotus helped inspire the motto “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” when he wrote of Persia and their early version of our “Pony Express.”
But I bet after the Christmas debacle by UPS (United Parcel Service) year before last, you probably wished they invested in a fleet of flying Pegasus’ huh?
Anyway, I had a little trouble deciphering your handwriting. With people so dependent on email and text-messaging these days, practically anything someone writes and sends always looks … all Greek to me.
So I see you’ve inherited a little peace of land outside of Athens, and you want to build a school on it?
I have to say—tuition’s being what they are these days—you could become the new King Midas.
But given that Greece and its current economy resembles a bank full of funny money (because of having paid so much to host an event you guys created in the first place—a little something called the Olympic games) you may want to hold off on that—heavy taxes you know.
Have you chosen a name for the school yet? If I may, why not try something simple like, “The Academy.” Its still in keeping with other institutes of higher learning, but direct and to the point.
You may not want to invest in other teachers as of yet either, being that you will want to start small and keep your cost down. College professors these days make so much, and then there are the unions, and tenure, and—not that I’m slamming education mind you, but who can afford it, right?
I remember you having a fondness for philosophy. Perhaps teaching what you know so well will serve you best at first. Then later you could expand your curriculum to include a study of mathematics and science. Those particular subjects get the short-shrift over here, so you would already be a leg up on us.
I recall you saying once that you felt a classical approach to teaching—instructing others to question and think for themselves—being preferable to learning by rote, a method we in America are quite fond of.
Its not all bad, but there is something to be said for your method, as I usually tend to do what I’m told, especially when my wife tells me too.
In the meantime; please try losing the toga. I know it’s more comfortable, but its not a good look for you.