Paideia is a holistic approach to life-long learning with roots in ancient Greece. In contemporary schools across the United States and a few other countries, Paideia is a set of beliefs about education including active and rigorous teaching methods.
The Paideia Program is based on the belief that the human species is defined by its capacity and desire for learning. The program itself argues for a public education that is at once more rigorous and more accessible.
For a concise summary of Paideia beliefs, see the 12 Paideia Principles. For an introduction to Paideia practices for teaching and learning, see the Three Columns of Instruction. Mortimer Adler and the Paideia Group outlined the Program in the early 1980s with a short, but important book entitled The Paideia Proposal.
See an overview of Paideia in the video below.