Weekly during the 2014-2015 school year, And There Came A Day will begin the week with a quote and quick thought about Ignatian Education.
A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility, for successfully pursuing the [yet] unsolved ones.
~ Abraham Lincoln
In honor of yesterday’s celebration of Presidents Day, we look to the eminently quotable Abraham Lincoln for our thought this week. It strikes me as very Ignatian.
Teachers, as leaders, are wrapped up in the grand tradition of what has come before them. There is an expectation in some places – many actually, especially Jesuit schools – of following tradition, of honoring and upholding it and of seeing in delivered to the “next generation.” This is all well-and-good. What I like about the Lincoln quote here is he understands that those who are educated are readers. They know the past. They’ve researched it and read about it. They “relish” doing it and are good at – they do it with “facility.” BUT they are not hamstrung by it. They know they past to confront the unsolved future. This is a good warning for us all not to get too mired in tradition – to know it, but to always look ahead.