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  • 20121002 adult ed-gravissimumeducationis

    1. 1. Gravissimum Educationis 50 years on Bob DavisProfessor of Religious and Cultural Education Head of School of Education
    2. 2. Gravissimum Educationis: Context• The Vatican II Backdrop• Pius XIs apostolic encyclical, Divini Illius Magistri, Dec. 31, 1929• The Rise of Progressive Education• Church, Laity and State• Justice, Peace and the Coming of Global Society
    3. 3. Gravissimum Educationis: Key Principles• The circumstances of our time: democracy, participation and self- fulfilment• The RIGHT to an education: the growth of popular education as a signature of modernity• Fundamental principles of Christian education : education as the totality of life, liberty and the pursuit of salvation• Change
    4. 4. Gravissimum Educationis: Universal Right to an Education• Entitlement: Dignity and formation of the human person in the pursuit of his ultimate end and the good of society• Education and the Social Sciences: accessing the most advanced insights of the human sciences and the effective pedagogies of learning and teaching• The individual in secular society: freedom, responsibility and the common good of the whole of humanity• The individual in the community of the faithful: the formation of conscience and moral understanding
    5. 5. Gravissimum Educationis: Belonging• Belonging to the Mystical Body: Christian Education, Religious Knowledge and growth in faith• Belonging to the Family: parents as primary and principal educators• Belonging to civil society: family, subsidiarity and the common good of mutual recognition and affirmation• Belonging to Christ: catechetics of the Gospel proclamation to a world in need
    6. 6. Gravissimum Educationis: Schools• The tasks of the school: intellectual growth, right judgement, moral development and the material flourishing of society• Parental rights and duties: school choice, diversity and distributive justice• Church, State and Citizenship: excellent teaching as the key to a shared culture
    7. 7. Gravissimum Educationis: Moral and Religious Education?• The commitment to pluralism and the rights of the Church: affirming difference in solidarity• The ethos of the Catholic school: freedom, charity and the good of the earthly city• The Catholic Teacher: secular and religious knowledge, pedagogical skill and the lifelong formation in faith• Multicultural Catholic Schools: service and witness beyond the Church
    8. 8. Gravissimum Educationis: Higher Education• The Catholic College and University: liberty of inquiry• Faith and Science: the commitment to investigation, discovery and the unity of truth• Sacred Theology and Sacred Science: the commitment to the religious and theological literacy of all; the dialogue with the other• Pastoral care: the foundation and work of the Catholic Chaplaincy
    9. 9. Gravissimum Educationis: Collaboration• The coordination of Catholic institutions: ensuring synergy and the concentration of resource on greatest need• Internal coherence: interdisciplinarity and the nurture of the Catholic mind• Partnership of Church and State: the support of Catholic education as a pillar of the good society• The covenant with teachers and academics: affirming and supporting the work of the Catholic teacher• The service to the next generation: engaging with and learning from the young
    10. 10. Gravissimum Educationis: The unfinished tasks…• Responding to the mass laicisation of popular education• The radical secularisation of knowledge and culture• The cosmopolitan family: gender, authority and sex education• Global change and non-Catholic participation in Catholic institutions• The deepening ambiguities of the Church-State contract• The curricular vacuum and the reclamation of the Catholic mind• The confusion of Religious Education, Catechetics and theological literacy• Supporting educators?

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