In today's pluralist and multicultural society, questions about how to teach religiously and ethnically diverse students in Catholic schools abound. A Catholic Philosophy of Education addresses these challenges by examining the documents from the Roman Congregation for Catholic Education alongside the writings of Jacques Maritain and Bernard Lonergan. Mario D'Souza proposes a contemporary formulation for a Catholic philosophy of education in which the ideals of Catholicism form the basis for the mission of the Catholic school. Drawing on the Church's educational documents, and informed by Maritain and Lonergan, D'Souza explains how the unifying anthropology of Catholic education enables Catholic schools to serve amidst diversity by avoiding the extremes of religious exclusivism and fundamentalism, on the one hand, and relativism and individualism, on the other. He explores the aims of Catholic schools in relation to students, teachers, and society, and the relationship between goodness, discipline, and knowledge. He argues that students must be educated for personal and communal freedom and authenticity, and to strive for the common good, suggesting how a Catholic philosophy of education can provide the framework for such personal and communal transformation. Essential reading for new and experienced Catholic educators, A Catholic Philosophy of Education demonstrates that Maritain and Lonergan have much to offer in service of an education that is liberating, instructive, illuminating, and integrative.
Presenting a robust and philosophically based account of education from the Catholic point of view, Sean Whittle engages with important debates and questions concerning the nature and purpose of Catholic education and schooling. The book opens with a review of the criticisms that have emerged about the prevalence of Catholic schools within the state system and, indeed, about the very notion of there being such a thing as 'Catholic education'. The author then goes on to survey official Church teaching on education and the work of key Catholic thinkers, Newman and Maritain, before moving on to discuss the writings of Karl Rahner, a leading twentieth century theologian.A Theory of Catholic Education argues that Rahner's approach, with his focus on the place of mystery in human experience, provides a way forward. Ultimately, Whittle demonstrates how Catholic theology can offer a unique and much needed theory of education.
Music Education in the Caribbean and Latin America: A Comprehensive Guide, features music education from twenty of the most important Latin American countries and Caribbean islands. The islands and countries represented are: Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela Caribbean: Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago Each chapter will address some -or all- of the following aspects: the early days, music education in Roman Catholic education/convents, Protestant education, public school/music in the schools, cultural life, music in the community, teacher training, private teaching, conservatory and other institutions, music in university/higher education, instrumental and vocal music, festivals and competitions, teacher education and curriculum development, and professional organizations.
Christian prayer is always an encounter with God. Drawing from a rich treasury of prayer spanning the Old Testament, the Fathers of the Church and the great saints of the Middle Ages, down to more recent times, this newly edited collection will help those seeking a fuller prayer life. Often too unsure to know how to pray for ourselves, the Holy Spirit helps us in our prayer as we bring our needs before the Father. Contains a wide variety of prayers to accompany us through the day, with well known Catholic devotions, suited to both private and shared settings.
The United States is more ideologically, philosophically, culturally, linguistically, racially, and ethnically diverse than she has been in any given point in her history; however, many of her citizens are currently living in a state of fear. What stands out the most is how we allow this fear to take over our lives in multiple ways. We fear our neighbors; therefore, we do not engage them. We fear young people and the way they look; therefore, we do not have conversations with them. We fear the possibility of terrorists' attacks; therefore, we utilize eavesdropping and surveillance devices on our citizens. There are some of us who fear the lost of gun rights; therefore, we stockpile weapons. We fear anything that is different from who we are and what we believe. This nation has, at many points within our history, become more united because of our fear; however, as our borders, physical and virtual, become less protective and the opportunities to connect more via the digital world expand, we must educate our citizenry to not live in fear but in hope. To teach, learn, and lead democratically requires the individual to engage in problem posing and in critiquing taken-for-granted narratives of power and privilege. Critical change occurs with significant self-sacrifice, potential alienation/rejection, and costly consequences. Educators must do justice to the larger social, public, and institutional responsibility of our positions, and we must exercise courage in creating opportunities for change. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Education: A Voice from the Margins, provides the space and opportunity to move beyond a state of fear, into a state of "organic transformation," a place where fear creates the energy to speak those things that are not, as though they were.
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