Cabrinian Philosophy of Education VII

Rose Basile Green’s study of St. Frances Cabrini’s philosophy of education continues with the specific programs that Mother Cabrini wrote for the students in her schools, orphanages and other educational insitutions.  Mother Cabrini’s Rule emphasized intellectual training.  One of her principles reads:  “They shall apply themselves with every diligence to study, and use all the time prescribed by the schedule.  They shall try to reap the greatest fruit possible, keeping in mind that this is one of the most important of their duties.”   For Mother Cabrini and her teachers, training a student to think and study was a way to build character.  “They must study, not only to know, nor to appear brilliant, nor to eclipse their classmates; this would be only vanity.  Let them study, instead, to have an intellectual training as a means for a moral perfection.”     

Submitted by: A. Schwelm, Assistant Library Director                                                              

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