Catholic Education: Not only good for Scotland but good for the World

Dr Joseph M Bradley (Experienced University Lecturer & Secondary School Teacher)

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The world tells us to seek success, power and money:

God tells us to seek humility, service and love (Pope Francis).

Western societies are dominated by ideological practices and philosophies characterised by consumption, competition, and achievement. This is reflected in personal, group and national aspirations governed by passions, incentives and actions regarding the production and acquisition of wealth, status, power and material advancement. Partly in this context, directly and indirectly, a conventional school education in Scotland plays a significant role in preparing pupils to ‘fit in’ with society.

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Walking Together in Faith

Amélie Davidson, MEduc2 student

The Student Pastoral Planning Team challenged School of Education students and staff to walk 10 km (at least) in a week so that, together, we could walk the 2,350 km to the Vatican (virtually!). The walk took place during the week of 4th-11th November, which was Just and Green Recovery for Scotland Week of Action. Just and Green Recovery for Scotland is a coalition of 80 organisations calling for Scotland’s recovery from Coronavirus to put people and the planet before profit such as tackling climate change, restoring Scotland’s nature and creating green jobs. The team decided to organise an awareness-raising event because in Catholic Teacher Formation class, they have been reflecting on Pope Francis’s teaching on the environment in his letter Laudato Si’ – a letter addressed to every person on the planet, asking us all to protect our common home.

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