The videos present a wide variety of perspectives from specialists in Jesuit Education, Jesuit and lay teachers, administrators, and staff. This lesson is based on the article “How the first Jesuits became involved in education”…
The Beginnings of Jesuit Education
January 18, 2018
Ignatius of Loyola was motivated by a passion to “set the world on fire” and was convinced that the mission of teaching the youth was an effective way to do this. The course presents a brief history of Jesuit Education and highlights some of its main characteristics.
|Audience||Faculty, Administration, Leadership Team, Board of Management, General Services|
|Focus||pre-Secondary, Secondary, Vocational|
The life of Ignatius of Loyola and the formation of the Society of Jesus are a framework for the development of the ministry of education as a means to “help souls”. This course presents a brief history of the development of some of the distinct characteristics of Jesuit education from its codification of the Ratio Studiorum in 1599 to novel applications in the 21st century. This course consists of five lessons, which build on one another, as the story of the beginnings of Jesuit Education unfolds.
The style of the video lessons is informal and presents a wide variety of personalities – specialists in Jesuit Education, Jesuits and lay, teachers, administrators, and students, who elucidate the foundations of Ignatian education from different perspectives. In the videos, most of the storytellers are from the USA and represent schools and approaches from a North American viewpoint. Nevertheless, it has a wide appeal, because of the common history and tradition of Jesuit schools across the globe. The Ignatian context and characteristics presented will resonate with anyone working in a Jesuit or Ignatian institution. The accompanying texts and reflection questions will not only invite you to reflect deeply but also challenge you to adapt this to your own local context.
The course content includes:
- a historical context to the origins of Jesuit Education
- a reference to experiences and documents in Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit education
- a reference to integration of Ignatian spirituality within Jesuit Education
- connection to the universal Church
- an introduction to several key persons in Jesuit Education
- a contemporary application
- reflection questions
- additional resources
This online platform offers a flexible approach to learning. These resources are available to access 24/7 and used at the pace of the individual learner. Please note there is no active instructor on this course at the moment. It is self-paced and self-assessed. If you wish to discuss some aspect of this course or ask a question, please use the Conversations facility available in each Lesson or contact the Educate Magis team.
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