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Educating for Life: A Spiritual Vision for Every Teacher and Parent Hardcover – January, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0883473832 ISBN-10: 0883473836 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas More Association; 1 edition (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883473836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883473832
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.5 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #922,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Addresses the very soul of educators; it will inspire every teacher and parent. . . 'Catholic' in the richest sense of the term-'open to all'" -- Theodore M. Hesburgh

"There is growing public demand for educational reform, but most proposals are limited to technical and piecemeal solutions-like how to raise math scores. Surely what is needed is a bold spiritual vision that renews the foundations of why and how we educate. Educating for Life addresses the very sold of educators; it will inspire every teacher and parent." -- Rev. Theodore Hesburgh President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame

"Thomas Groome in his new work continues to do what he has done exceedingly well in the past-to invite and encourage people to enter in dialogue around serious issues." -- Maureen Shaughnessy

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Current proposals for educational reform typically address the symptoms (i.e., how to raise math scores), and focus on money. And indeed, our nation should ensure that every child has fair access to good education, including educational technology. It's time to reach beyond symptoms to foundations of what, how, and why we teach. It's time to renew a humanizing and holistic vision for American education. And that brings us to the crux of the crisis. The most likely sources from which to draw a humanizing and holistic education are more spiritual than philosophical. At its best, education is a spiritual affair.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dr. John Switzer on February 29, 2000
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In this work, Tom Groome proposes to offer a philosophy for catholic education and a catholic philosophy for education. He does a fine job of offering both and it will be of interest to any Christian educator who seeks to integrate universal principles of Christian faith into his or her spirituality of teaching. It is simple to read, yet offers more than just a simplistic rendering. As one of Tom's students, and as a professional religious educator myself, I heartily recommend it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PrickliestPear on April 23, 2005
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I have a love-hate relationship with this book. On the one hand, it inspired a great deal of thought and has really changed the way I look at religious education, and my own job as a religious educator. On the other hand, Groome can be *very* long-winded. This book could have been half as long without sacrificing very much at all.

But I have to recommend it -- it is one of the best books about religious education I've ever read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 14, 2002
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Educating For Life: A Spiritual Vision For Every Teacher And Parent by Thomas Groome (Professor of Pastoral Theology and Religious Education, Boston College), is an informed and informative examination of what it truly means to have a Catholic education. Examining modern spiritual concerns both at home and at the school, Professor Groome offers a wealth of insights to help the reader cope with the latest flood of distractions that modern, hyper-connected life throws at the faithful. Education For Life is a highly recommended, accessibly readable, thoughtfully insightful, and quite personable look at the meaning and future of Christian education.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carl R. Fakeley on October 18, 2010
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It is precisely because Catholic educators are forced to read books like this that Catholic schools are in the state they are in. Teachers read books like these and have their moral relativity and their democratic view of the Catholic Church reinforced by someone who is supposed to be a representative of the Catholic Church. The book is littered with statements and anecdotes that do little more than cast doubt in the mind of the uninformed.

Groome suggests that as an "antidote to sectarianism" he will note what he perceives as "failures of [his] own Catholic Christian community" (42). He wants to avoid, "absolutizing one's own tradition" concerned that this might somehow "legitimize prejudice."

Groome suggests that one should have a "healthy scepticism" or a "critical consciousness" toward the Catholic tradition, "given how much untruth is in every statement of faith" (142, emphasis added). He does not explain this statement he just states it as fact. For a person who desires to learn more about their Catholic faith and assumes that Groome is an authourity, their faith will be damaged more than nurtured. How is a teacher supposed to teach the Apostle's or Nicene Creed with any certainty? How would a teacher respond to questions about the creeds? Would he or she respond by telling the student not to take it too seriously since much of it isn't true anyway?

The authoritarian nature of the Church is of particular concern to Thomas Groome. Throughout his book Groome makes several negative references to this authoritarian nature (41, 240-243, 273, 299). He disdainfully suggests that the "undue emphasis on the church's authority amounted to "the church has already done the thinking for you-and now you must think as it thinks" (299).
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