HFA Members of the Institute of Catholic Liberal Education

By April 3, 2019Academy News

As part of its mission to provide a truly Classical, Liberal-Arts based education for its students, Holy Family Academy is pleased to be a new members of ICLE, which was founded in 1999 to provide Catholic educators with the tools needed to draw on the Church’s traditional values.

From the ICLE board:

The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education (ICLE) is dedicated to saving and renewing our treasured Catholic school system, K-12, which is ever more vital in an increasingly “post-Christian” culture.

Through our work with schools over the past decade, we are convinced that the solution is clear: Catholic schools flourish when they recover and adapt the Church’s time-tested approach in the classical liberal arts and sciences, which formed many of the keenest minds and holiest saints in history.

We help educators realize the full implications of a philosophy of education that puts Jesus Christ, the Logos, at its center. We focus on how this affects what we teach and how we teach.

Catholic liberal education (from the Latin, liber, which means free) is ordered to the Truth that sets us free. This formation frees us for growth in faith, wisdom, and virtue. While recent attention has been aimed at the revival of liberal learning in higher education, we understand that these habits of mind and heart must first be cultivated in the very young. The sacramental and moral imagination is nurtured in childhood.

ICLE recognizes that the secular model of education is rooted in an atheistic, utilitarian philosophy. Its rise over the past century has fragmented knowledge and failed children at an increasing rate with every experiment it deploys. When this industrialized approach is imported uncritically into Catholic schools, it undermines both the faith and reason of our children – contrary to the Church’s central purpose in education.