Dr. Michael J. Naughton

“The focus on school as an instrument to career success is increasingly crowding out a classical understanding of what education should be about. Josef Pieper writes that ‘leisure in Greek means skole, and in Latin scola, the English school.’ The person of leisure is the ‘scholar.’ Education in the classical liberal arts tradition was that employment of the mind in which one could better ‘see’ creation as it is. By looking at art, science, math, history, philosophy, literature, theology, etc. one could glimpse the mystery of creation. This act of seeing is a form of contemplation done with others, done within a community. This classical view of education is losing ground as education becomes more technologically driven, geared toward successful test scores, and ultimately toward careerist aspirations.” (Dr. Michael J. Naughton)

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