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"Beauty in the Word is the fruit of a lifetime's thinking about the relation between faith and life. Those responsible for new initiatives in Catholic education have a chance to recreate its inner spirit and not just its outer frame. They will not easily find a programme more inspirational than the one presented here."--Aidan Nichols, OP

"Stratford Caldecott's words about beauty are themselves beautiful, and also wise; learned and also arresting. He offers a rare combination of intelligence and profound vision, yet combines this with accessibility and luminous transparency."--Catherine Pickstock, University of Cambridge

"C.S. Lewis envisioned modern education as the irrigation of deserts. Caldecott here brings nourishing water to the cry of the modern imagination: 'I thirst'. Drink deeply, from a book brim-full with the living water capable of transforming our educational practices."--Cyrus P. Olsen III, University of Scranton

"In this insightful book, Stratford Caldecott has presented a way to understand education that includes philosophy, theology, the arts, literature, the studies of beauty and truth and what is good. It is a rare book that understands the unity of knowledge; this is one of those rare books."--James V. Schall, SJ, Georgetown University

About the Author

Stratford Caldecott is an editor of the English edition of Magnificat, and editor of Second Spring and Humanum. His books include The Seven Sacraments: Entering the Mysteries of God (Crossroad, 2006), Beauty for Truth's Sake: On the Re-enchantment of Education (Brazos, 2009), and All Things Made New: The Mysteries of the World in Christ (Angelico, 2011). He lives in Oxford.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Angelico Press; 4.7.2012 edition (May 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621380041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621380047
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is refreshing. Caldecott captures what the modern world has left out of education. He digs up the lost tools of learning and represents them to the needs of our present context. Caldecott mentions that we have "lost ourselves in the world of feeling" and that regaining a confidence in our reason will invigorate us as persons to again fix our lives on wisdom. In this book he emphasizes that true education is based on the correct vision of the human person, it is rooted in a community, and works as a life-giving, even moral, power in the culture. Caldecott draws from the groundwork of the ancient world, Medieval philosophy, and 20th century theology. His ideas are a bit scattered and his prose are vague at times. In the end, however, it is clear that he is tackling a huge issue and a look into the nature of education demands a wide scope and metaphysical explanation. I would highly recommend this book to any educator and anyone interested in studying the humanities. What Caldecott lays out in this book is crucial in understanding how a student learns and how education has veered from its original roots. We tend to educate the young for the sole purpose of becoming successful in a career. Caldecott reminds us that once it was understood that wisdom was worth the reaching for its own sake. It may be more important today than ever to recover this art of learning.
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Whereas most educational conversations tend to focus on how well the educational system may or may not be preparing the next generation (as well as oftentimes what should be added to curricula), Stratford Caldecott's book, Beauty in the Word, is a refreshing examination of the foundations of education, reflecting on the grounding of the educational system of previous generations. Caldecott does not simply mention how education used to be, but what it intended to accomplish: not just the preparation for a future career in the world, but the very forming of the intellect. The focus was on the person being educated rather than only on the subject matter being taught. This point may seem obvious, but perhaps for the very reason that it is so obvious, it also tends to be overlooked--or if not overlooked, it can be such an elusive concept to pinpoint that it oftentimes seems counterproductive and divisive to discuss how this end can best be accomplished. Beauty in the Word gives a framework for such discussions and no doubt offers a remedy to some of the modern day challenges of trying to provide a top-quality education today. For anyone interested in education or education-reform, this is definitely a must-read.
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I chose this book to bring some of the classical perspective to my own classroom. It's an inspiring read and provides lots of great history and philosophy. Caldecott's perspective is built on some giants in the fields of philosophy and education. Recommended for any teacher or homeschooler that wants a unified vision for education.
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This is the best book on educational reform/theory that I have read in many years. It's challenging in parts, but worth the effort. Of great interest: He recasts the traditional "trivium" in a Trinitarian framework. This isn't just a theory; it's a description of reality. He is describing something that is TRUE about language and humanity, something I am only beginning to comprehend. I'm going back through and re-reading it! I especially appreciate his nod to Charlotte Mason and her wisdom.
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As a somewhat beleaguered homeschooling mom of 8, this is one of those rare books which renew and enhance purpose. The author's wisdom is evident and practical. I am so thankful!
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