Gravissimum Educationis Conclusion

ScriptoriumCONCLUSION

In this final section, the council speaks first to students, urging their involvement in the profession/vocation of teaching:

The sacred synod earnestly entreats young people themselves to become aware of the importance of the work of education and to prepare themselves to take it up, especially where because of a shortage of teachers the education of youth is in jeopardy.

And to current teachers: 

This same sacred synod, while professing its gratitude to priests, Religious men and women, and the laity who by their evangelical self-dedication are devoted to the noble work of education and of schools of every type and level, exhorts them to persevere generously in the work they have undertaken and, imbuing their students with the spirit of Christ, to strive to excel in pedagogy and the pursuit of knowledge in such a way that they not merely advance the internal renewal of the Church but preserve and enhance its beneficent influence upon today’s world, especially the intellectual world.

The bishops remind us that education is not only an internal matter for the benefit of the children of the Church, and not only a striving for knowledge for its own sake within various disciplines. Noble as these endeavors may be, including conciliar renewal, we cannot forget the importance of knowledge and scholarship and the passing on of these as having a benefit for the human cultures of the world.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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