St. Teresa of Avila
St. Teresa of Avila
The Founder's School Philosophy
"Some parents will be unfamiliar with the methods we plan to use as we maieutically aid young men and women in the study of those disciplines that will help them to reason, on the path to wisdom – the wisdom that will guide them in any and every noble pursuit. Now, our ends or goals, at least, should be in line with what the parents desire for their children: and that plurality is willed. You see, not only do we subscribe to the Catholic view of education’s purpose – in loco parentum [educamus erudimus docemus] -but we also ascribe that primacy in directing the child’s educative path to the parents. Thus, unless the parents are completely “on board”, it is likely that their children will be of the same mind, and therefore not committed to the goals or to the methods by which we aim to reach those goals. Hence, we shall ask the parents and potential students to read our proposal, speak with us in person, and then decide whether or not our school is best for them.
In order to more eloquently describe what we propose: the sort of education that we seek will be too utilitarian for some and too contemplative and “monastic” for others, yet, if we, as Catholics, seek to foster the devout life in any and every student at a Catholic school rooted in tradition, then we should not shy from helping the future carpenter to enjoy the meditative capacities of a St. Joseph, nor should we be ashamed that our future teacher of the classics might know a fair amount about taxonomy, and least of all shall we be dissatisfied if a student of ours who will one day be a monk or nun should enjoy a love of all four of these “occupations” – his monastery would certainly be thrilled about it. The point is to follow St. Francis de Sales while we encourage true devotion and piety in the souls of all our students, no matter what the potential and proclivities of their intellects and will."
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