Education as Formation

What do you love?

"What if education wasn't first and foremost about what we know,
but about what we love?

James K.A. Smith
Education, in many schools, has been reduced to a transactional relationship between teachers and students regarding tests and grades. At the center of this type of education is information that is “covered.” This is such a common practice in schools that we are prone to believing that education itself is nothing other than the transfer of information.

At Veritas, we know this is not the case. The purpose of education is formation. It is about training students to become something, namely, lovers of God who are awakened and attuned to His beauty, goodness, and truth. A school that does not purposefully seek to form its students in this way will, intentionally or unintentionally, form them to become shallow intellectually and relativistic morally. Formation for a school is not optional.

List of 4 items.

  • The Purpose of Education

    Education is always about formation—every generation has sought to teach the next generation what to believe and how to live. Since the highest values of a particular culture at a particular time dictate the path and process of this formation, one way to evaluate what a group of people believes is to see how it educates its children.
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  • Virtue Formation

    Classical Christian education provides robust, foundational academic training that follows the liberal arts tradition of cultivating virtue in students for the sake of restoring the glory of God’s image in them.
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  • The Liberal Arts

    Like the fine, performing, and common arts, the liberal arts are skills. They are called “liberal” because they involve freedom—they are pursued freely for their own sake because they are fundamental to what it means to be human, and they free students to think, learn, and decide wisely for themselves.
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  • Great Teachers and Great Content

    Not only does the Classical Christian model of education prioritize both virtue formation and the liberal arts, it brings the two together through skilled teachers who use the best content to enliven the imagination and order the affections of the student.
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