Education in a Catholic Framework

Melanie M. Morey

in Teaching the Tradition

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199795307
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932894 | DOI:
Education in a Catholic Framework

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A Catholic approach to education expands on the mission of secular education and infuses it with a particular sensibility rooted in Catholic, rather than secular, philosophy and anthropology. One of the primary goals of public education is the development of citizens capable of assuring the survival and flourishing of American democracy. The ultimate goal of Catholic education is personal holiness and holiness in communion with others. Catholic education and public education have different foundational anthropologies and different ultimate goals. Consequently there should be something distinguishably different in the way these institutions educate. A Catholic approach to education provides an integrated Christian vision of reality. Therefore it requires some adjustments in educational method or strategy. A Catholic approach to the development of cognitive and emotional intelligence utilizes most teaching methods employed in a secular setting, but it also distinguishes itself by invoking four sources of understanding and authority: Scripture; the Church, with its sacraments and liturgy; all of creation, which reflects the Creator; and Christian culture as it has developed over time, which preserves religious heritage and helps students understand and live out religious commitment.

Keywords: education; Catholic; culture; educating for democracy; holiness; Christian anthropology; morals; practices

Chapter.  8859 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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