Classical Liberal Education: The cure for the dumbed-down culture of death?

Classical education, the institute explained, is meant to help students learn how to think, giving them “the tools of lifelong learning,” rather than merely teaching them “subjects.” The foundation of classical education is a set of three methods of learning subjects, called the trivium, which consists of grammar, logic, and rhetoric.

“By uniting faith and reason across the curriculum, this approach aims to form students in wisdom and virtue,” the institute added. Classical Catholic education is also meant to “form an educational community that is fully Catholic,” rather than being merely “secular schools with a Catholic name and a religion class.”

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Editor’s note: This is the authentic, original and beneficial type of Liberal Arts that forms the basis for all the best features of western civilization. Not the Marxist, Socialist, virtually useless aberration currently provided by many/most of today’s institutions of higher learning.

Supreme irony: Catholics honor the Blessed Virgin Mary for being the perfect example of the greatest Protestant virtue.

MARY PIERCED HEART

One of the battle-cries of the Protestant Reformation was “Faith Alone!”  One key conviction that united the many disparate strands of the Reformation was that it is impossible to earn God’s favor by our good works . . . that we rather we receive his love as a pure gift, a grace, through faith.

Now consider Mary.  Did she crisscross the Mediterranean planting Churches like Paul?  Did she give eloquent sermons like Stephen (Acts 7)?  Did she govern the Church like Peter?  No.  Her claim to fame is that she simply said yes to God.  She believed He could do as he said and would do as He said.

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The sad State of the Union – 2012

Reflecting now on the Fourth of July 2012, we have to wonder about a regime now manifesting a growing list of abuses to the fundamental nature of human worth. These abuses are put into effect by elected rulers themselves. They are accepted by many citizens who themselves are “democratic” in the classic Greek sense, that in their soul they have little principle of order.

Hence, they have no reason to object to anything on any other basis than that of personal whim or want. The term “unconstitutional” is meaningless. This situation is not a far cry from that list found in the Declaration. In describing these abuses, it read: “He (the King) has made Judges dependent on his Will alone.” “He has refused to assent to Laws.” And “He has combined with others to subject us to a Jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution.”

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Fortnight for Freedom Issue #12: President Obama’s lack of grace will surely lead to the downfall of his particular regime.

by Doug Lawrence

It’s historically clear that the majority of the Founding Fathers of the United States truly believed in God and were indeed “cultural” Christians. It’s also true that most of the Fathers were, as is President Obama, anti-Catholic in their particular attitudes and personal beliefs. So, the stark difference in world-view between the original framers of the U.S. Constitution and President Barack Obama likely has little or nothing to do with the Catholic Church, itself.

The Founding Fathers were men who benefited from a traditional classical education, where God, country, family, property, human rights and personal responsibility were recognized as the cornerstones of modern Western civilization. Their subsequent actions reflected their particular beliefs, and the results were nothing less than astounding. In fact, the world has yet to discovered any acceptable substitute.

President Obama’s life journey, belief system and personal world view (from what little we actually know of him, for sure) is the antithesis of the traditional American experience.

The man grew up in foreign lands, he never had any real family or property, he was raised by strangers (some were very strange, indeed), and he was eventually adopted, educated, groomed and promoted by the band of political radicals, perverts and terrorists that presently make up large portions of the membership of the socialist Democratic Party of the United States, which is itself dedicated to supporting and promoting the most radical political agenda the world has ever seen … except perhaps, for a few particularly unfortunate European countries and a handful of communist dictatorships.

President Obama claims to be a Christian, but the fruits he inevitably produces and promotes are not good ones. He stocks his cabinet with radical secularists who promote vice over virtue and the rights of man over God. He stacks the courts in much the same way, and Congress evidently goes along. He looks like a regular family man, with a wife, a dog, two kids and a steady job, but he governs like a radical, perverted, communist dictator who cares little for anything but himself and his particular radical ideology.

The only reasonable explanation for all of this is a profound lack of grace.

Saint Paul tells us that God provides all of us … even non-Christians … with sufficient grace to do what God expects:

And he said to me: My grace is sufficient for thee: for power is made perfect in infirmity… (2 Corinthians 12:9)

When we choose to cooperate with God’s Grace … the wonderful free gift of totally undeserved mercy, goodness, power and wisdom … more is “automatically” provided as necessary, from God’s infinite abundance.

In addition to the actual, physical, easily observable results of that grace, a certain physical and spiritual transformation of the individual also typically occurs. Virtue becomes prized. Vice is summarily rejected. Faith in God “blooms”. Absolute truth is recognized and promoted. Hope for the future (with God’s continued help) proliferates. Love abounds (the charitable kind … not the morally empty, free and cheap kind), human dignity is cherished and affirmed, and the world becomes a better place.

So, if these United States are not in better shape than they were four years ago, the most likely cause is failure to cooperate with God’s grace. Failure of the people in the church. Failure of the people in government. Failure of the people in the corporations. Failure at the highest levels of leadership … particularly this strange President, who appears to actually have so little in common with the people of the United States.

Probably the best example of what happens when we choose to ignore God, reject his grace, and rely only on ourselves can be found in Exodus, chapter 7. Crack open your Bible and take a peek.

In the mean time, referring to the Book of Matthew, Chapter 7, verses 15-20:

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. By their fruits you shall know them.

Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit.

Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.

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Unfortunately, there is no app for courage or conscience.

Before a person can stand up to evil, he must first acknowledge that it exists.  But surveys of college students reveal how deeply our culture and institutions indoctrinate our children with moral relativism.  Most grow up believing that tolerance and diversity, and individual choice and privacy, are our highest ideals.

Tolerance and diversity are valuable.  But they are no substitute for authentic virtue.  And they rarely inspire people to risk their well-being to help those in need.

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The common good is to be found not in the discovery of new principles for living, but in the rediscovery of God-given truths about the importance of faith, life and family.

If you have watched a Hollywood movie lately, as I’m sure most of you have, you probably think that Americans don’t have any “traditional family values.” You may think that in America commitment means going on a second date. You may think that every couple in the U.S. lives together. You may think that those few who do get married, quickly get divorced. You may think that most American children are born into broken homes. You may think that most young people are too busy demonstrating against Wall Street to worry about getting an education, or a job.

These may be scenes out of a Hollywood movie, but this is not America. This is not the America that I, and tens of millions of people like me, know. In this other America — the one you don’t hear much about — parents do teach their children traditional family values. Just like my parents taught me.

So what was it like growing up in a traditional American family? What family values did my parents try to instill in me? Let me give you a little of my personal history.

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Submitted by Doria2

Judy Masterson really did attend Catholic school!

While my kids have been raised decidedly public, with sacraments on the side, I was raised decidedly, full-throttled Catholic, with separate playgrounds for girls and boys, and where recess came to a halt at noon for the sign of the cross and the reciting of the Angelus.

It was different back then. A factory worker and his stay-at-home wife could afford to send their kids to Catholic school because free labor from nuns or, or as I recently overheard a priest call them, “nunsies,” made it affordable.

Ah, the nuns. What shining examples of Christian virtue. I really mean it. I have no evil nuns who abused me, mocked me, made me hate the Catholic church stories like some of my contemporaries love to share. My nuns were wonderful.

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