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.
When graduates go on to university or elsewhere, will they know how to use “the sword” of truth expressed clearly, forcefully and completely?
~ Pope Francis
As we move further into the second semester, we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Teachers and school leaders call that light “summer.” It is sometimes easy to forget that, for around a fourth of our students, summer means graduation and the next step in their lives.
Of course, it is a good thing that seniors move on and, in the Ignatian model, this end point is expressed in the phrase “The Graduation at Graduation” or “The Grad@Grad.” The goal of education is to have the student ready for the next step and The Grad@Grad codifies the qualities those in Jesuit schools believe will serve their students as they make the leap.
Leave it to the Pope to distill the concept in a clear question which we all as educators should be asking ourselves each semester, each month, each unit, each class.
With what kind of weapons are we arming our students? It’s a very, very good question.
Pope Francis reacts to children during a Year of Faith family life celebration at the Vatican Oct. 26, 2013. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)