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?