Education

With the new school year starting, we thank all teachers for their work on behalf of students of all ages. Today we highlight three prayers for educators. A Teacher’s Prayer for Generosity—Marc Fryer, SJ, wrote this prayer based on St. Ignatius’s Prayer for Generosity. Ignatian Educator’s Prayer—The Jesuit Secondary Education Association shares this prayer. Teacher […]

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Chris Lowney wonders about “The Real Measure of Our Schools” in an article for the Jesuit Networking blog. He asks: “Who are our students becoming? How successful are our schools at forming these men and women for others?” Those are important questions to ponder as the new school year gets underway. For more on education […]

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This November, an “International Seminar on Ignatian Pedagogy and Spirituality” (SIPEI) will be held in Manresa, Spain. The goal is to strengthen the dialogue between spirituality and Ignatian pedagogy with a global vision. Ahead of the conference, those involved in Jesuit education are invited to participate in a virtual portion of the seminar. See a […]

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This is Catholic Schools Week, so it’s an appropriate time to consider how Ignatian charisms are important in the development of future teachers in a Jesuit education program. Resident Assistant Professor Max Engel talks about this topic in a podcast episode of Catholic Comments, produced by Creighton University. Listen here.

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America Magazine has published an address of the Superior General of the Jesuits, Very Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, who recently met in Chicago with the board chairs and presidents of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. His subject was spiritual leadership in Jesuit institutions. [I]n the understanding of St. Ignatius, the […]

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This is “move in” week at most residential colleges, when undergraduates move into their dorms and apartments.  Classes begin next week if they’re not already underway.  Freshmen (and others) might read The Jesuit Guide to Starting College for good advice about avoiding the pitfalls and seizing the opportunities of college. Sample: don’t take your laptop […]

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A recent article in the Los Angeles Times draws attention to the Cristo Rey network of high schools. There are 25 Cristo Rey schools in 17 states. All of them serve only economically disadvantaged students. All of them feature an innovative work-study program that is a large component of the schools’ financing. Many of the schools […]

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The John Templeton Foundation has awarded a $3 million grant to Saint Louis University to study intellectual humility. This sounds right for the philosophy department at a Jesuit university.  Humility is central to the Ignatian tradition. (See articles by Joseph Tetlow, SJ, here and here.)  It seems that one of the problems encountered by those studying intellectual humility […]

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MOOCs–massive, open, online courses–are all the rage in higher education. Hundreds of thousands of students all over the world are enrolled in the best-known MOOCs, which are offered by Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and other prestigious institutions. Some think that online courses will soon eclipse the familiar residential college campus as the model for higher education. […]

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The Guinness World Records recently recognized Fr. Geoffrey Schneider, a 99-year-old Australian Jesuit, as the world’s oldest active teacher.  He teaches religion and serves as chaplain at St. Aloysius College in Sydney.  He says that his secret is “a mountain of patience. If things are going wrong, don’t start shouting. Just proceed quietly and things will […]

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