24 August 2018 at 1:48 am #1533
This project has been a long time in the making, and we’re so happy you’re here with us.
After Stratford Caldecott, my father, wrote Beauty for Truth’s Sake: On the Re-Enchantment of Education, people from all over the place began to contact him, wanting him to discuss and expand on his ideas. Soon he was urged to write the companion volume, Beauty in the Word: Rethinking the Foundations of Education, with an advance from kind supporters, and even more people began to get in contact with him. He knew he had limited energy and time left, and he desperately wanted to connect these fans to each other, particularly those in far-flung areas of the U.K. who were so desperate for fresh ideas about Education and like-minded people they could collaborate with.
So he created a blog, and posted as much of his own thoughts as he could, and an email newsletter as an attempt to keep the budding community informed of each other’s activities…and an area of the old discussion boards at secondspring.co.uk dedicated to Education.
Sadly, he lost his battle to cancer in 2014, and though his books have continued to inspire people all over the world, there was so much more he wanted to do. “Education”, he told me, “is the next great battlefield for so much that we love and have fought for” through the Centre for Faith & Culture and Second Spring.
My dream for the Second Spring Education Forum, and the reason we’ve redesigned our website with this integrated area, is that it can provide a virtual space for people to connect, share, and support one another in their quest for “the Re-Enchantment of Education”—an Education of Wonder.
Our apostolate seeks to serve the U.K., where the need is so great and the Seekers so scattered, but we also have close ties to America, that land of opportunity, resources, and ‘young’ energy! We hope that members from the U.S., where a Classical revival is racing ahead, will help inspire the members from the Old World and elsewhere, even if we need to work out what an educational renaissance would look like in our own culture and context.
So thank you for being here. Please use this space well. And tell your like-minded friends about it!
“We need a new educational movement. As individuals and as communities we need to re-educate ourselves – to unlearn much of what we have been taught and to begin to learn again in a new way. The purpose would not be to cover every specialized field of knowledge, but to develop a sense of the whole, of the interconnectedness of all things, and their intrinsic interest and value – it would be an education in wonder.”
—Stratford Caldecott, in an unfinished essay
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