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ELITISM IN EDUCATION VERY DANGEROUS, Says Pope Francis

The Holy Father, Pope Francis has warned against making education an exclusive reserve of the elites pointing that “education is not about knowing things or taking lessons but about being able to use three lingos: those of the head, the heart, and the hands.” He added that this means "learning so that you can think about what you feel and do, can feel what you think and do, and can do what you feel and think. Unity within a person."

 

The Pope made this assertion recently in Rome while inaugurating the new Vatican office of the Scholas Occurrentes Foundation, housed at the St Callixtus Palace; and it will serve as the Foundation’s base for operations in Italy. The foundation promotes an interface of education, art and sport to create a “culture of encounter for peace”.

 

The Foundation, an international organization of Pontifical right whose primary objective is the promotion of a “culture of encounter for peace through education, technology, art, and sport”; was founded by Pope Francis on 13 August 2013.

 

Addressing young people of the Scholas Occurrentes via a live video feed, Pope Francis warned against making education something only for the “elite”. Those who joined the Pope through the live video feed included students from Italy, Colombia, Haiti, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates.

 

According to the Pope “There is a great danger in the area of education for young people: that of elitism. Gradually, monetary support for education in some places is eroded and an elite is created which can afford to pay for education.” And this attitude “excludes young boys and girls who have no education,” he added.

 

Speaking on the issue of globalization, Pope Francis stated that it is a good thing but that there is the danger of understanding it as “a billiard ball: A sphere in which every point is equidistant from the center and personal characteristics of a boy or girl are cancelled out. Either you conform to the system or you don’t exist!”

 

According to him, true globalization is like a polyhedron with many facets, where “we strive for unity but each person maintains their uniqueness and richness”. In conclusion, the Pope told the young people that they have it within themselves to discover their own path, especially through solidarity with others.“A life that is not shared with others: Do you know what purpose it serves? For the museum! And I don’t think any of you wants to end up in a museum!” the Pope remarked.

 


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