June 04, 2007

An Environment of Love and Learning (#12)

Education isn't just about what children know; perhaps more importantly, it's about what they love. Successful home education relies on a healthy family life where love of goodness and truth is modeled and cultivated.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church offers a beautiful explanation of this concept: "Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well-suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery - the preconditions of true freedom... Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide and correct them."

Further Information:

The above quote is from The Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2223

Pope Benedict XVI has recently written on the subject of beauty in education.


Christine said...

I hope you don't mind, but I liked how you defined this concept so much that I added it along with your name to my blog's "Quote of the Day".

I can see that I am going to need to visit this blog more often. It is a true inspiration and a wonderful reminder of what matters.

Thank you!

Love2Learn Mom said...

Not at all. I'd appreciate a link back to the site. Thanks and God Bless!