Mystery vs. Ideology in Education

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Read Executive Director Margarita Mooney Suarez’s essay on the mystery of education, Luigi Giussani’s views of a “vanishing point,” symbolism in learning, and Jacques Maritain’s argument that poetic knowledge has been forgotten.

Here’s a short summary of her essay:

Awe, contemplation, and imagination are recognized as valuable parts of our experiences. Yet, they are missing in many modern day educational programs that solely focus on either activism or test scores. In a classical education, however, students are taught how to be more increasingly aware of reality — through curiosity and questioning. This produces a love of learning and a more complete formation of the person.

Other questions that her article addresses are:

  • Why do so many students today lack meaning, purpose, and hope?
  • How does a liberal arts education form us as integral persons—mind, body, and soul?
  • What is poetic knowledge, and how is it related to scientific and conceptual knowledge?
  • What can unite us socially and politically?

Check out our blog posts for other articles, and register for our Spring 2022 conference in Princeton, NJ to interact with trailblazers in the classical education movement!