Posts Tagged ‘Education’

The Education Children Provide Adults

A famous lesson a child taught to an entire court was uttered in one sentence from Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes”: “But, Daddy, he’s got nothing on.” While the king, all the members of the court and even the common people on the street watching the king’s procession dared not speak the truth lest they appear unfashionable or unpopular and lest they appear stupid or incompetent, the child, who is not a respecter of...

Divorce’s Effect on a Child’s Education

“What about the soul? Will the soundness of a soul consist in disorder or rather in a certain order and proportion?”—Socrates, Gorgias

Psychological studies and sociological surveys confirm what common sense naturally knows: children suffer untold emotional harm from divorce, and one consequence affects the education and the life of the mind. The school year does not have to proceed too far before teachers soon recognize the symptoms of divorce that reflect children’s performance...

Catholic Identity Theft

Many lay Catholics answer the call to serve as a theology teacher because of the role they play in the formation of hearts and minds of the students they serve. So many parents, who sacrifice to send their children to a Catholic school, do an excellent job of preparing their hearts at home and providing a nurturing home environment. However, other students seem to have their identity shaped by various influences beyond the home.

One...

The End of Education

Neil Postman gave his book, The End of Education (1996), an ambiguous title to highlight the drama that is always being played out between the purpose and the dissolution of education. He is convinced that many of our most troubling social problems could be ameliorated if we could improve our methods of true education.

Unfortunately, we are surrounded by forms of education that are highly unreliable. Politics is an educator, but all too...