Saturday 27 December 2014

"Being educated"

Some years ago - including my own years as provincial - the policy in Salesian India was not to send salesians in initial formation for study abroad. There were good reasons for that policy. But perhaps a little rethink is now necessary, not only for Salesian India, but for Salesians all over the world. Don Angel is quite explicit on the matter: "we should not be afraid nor put obstacles in the way of our young confreres studying outside their own Province. One does not love one's homeland, roots and origins any less on account of not studying in the same place. There is no truth in that idea and there is no danger of losing a sense of reality. On the contrary, one's horizons are widened and the capacity to understand diversity and differences increased - something that is essential in our world of today and of tomorrow." (AGC 419:26)

In The Crisis of Western Education, Christopher Dawson says:

Until a man acquires some knowledge of another culture, he cannot be said to be educated, since his whole outlook is so conditioned by his own social environment that he does not realize its limitations.[1]



[1] Dawson, The Crisis of Western Education (New York: Sheed and Ward, 1961) 113.

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