The Education of the Heart



Re-thinking education at the end of an epoch with Jon Balsbaugh, President of the Trinity Schools Network, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, and Stanley Hauerwas, Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law, Duke Divinity School (video contribution), moderated by Holly Peterson, Principal of Nativity: Faith and Reason School in Broomfield, Colorado, followed by the School Contest Award ceremony

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The fundamental idea in the education of the young is the fact that it is through the younger generations that society successively rebuilds itself. Therefore, the primary concern of society is to teach the young. This is the opposite of what currently happens. Our main theme in all of our writings and lectures has always been education: how to educate ourselves, what education consists of, and how it takes place. We mean a true education, one that matches human reality - that is, educating what is human in us, our source or origin. Although expressed in different ways in each individual, this properly human dimension always reflects the same substance, for behind the diversity of different cultures, customs, and expressions, the human heart is one and the same: my heart is your heart, and it is the same heart that beats in men and women who live far away in other countries or continents. The first concern of a genuine and appropriate educational method is the education of the heart of man, just as God made it, for after all, ethics is nothing more than the continuation of the attitude in which God originally created humanity in its relation to all things.

~Luigi Giussani, The Risk of Education, Crossroad, 2001, page 7

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