If there is something much discussed today, this something is education. And rightly so, how precious is knowledge to the world. Education comes from educare, that is, bring out, take something that is in darkness and lead to light. But if education is such a precious commodity, why, then, is there so much neglect on the part of some to this very important good?
In the world in which we live, the diploma is highly valued and little is known. We study, fight and fight over a simple piece of paper that says we’re supposed to know something. This is one reason why the rate of functional illiteracy in the world has grown so much in recent years. Our students have difficulty understanding a text, express their point of view correctly, and organize ideas, resulting in the repetition of old ideas.
Much of this chaos comes from one fact: it has forgotten the value of the Liberal Arts. Perhaps this is a strange term for most who read it, but know that this was education in the Middle Ages. The Liberal Arts gain this name because they are free, that is, they are born of the free will of the student, without obligation. They were divided into two major groups: Trivium (Rhetoric, Grammar and Logic) and Quadrivium (Geometry, Arithmetic, Music and Astronomy).
There is something that makes the Liberal Arts examples to be followed: freedom. True education can only arise from the ardent desire to learn from the student and teaching from teacher. It is a pure desire that transcends greed and envy. But it is really a difficult concept to understand, given that it is something “terrible” and “inhumane” not to send our children to a classroom since the early years. But as the Brazilian professor and lawyer Fernando de Mello Vianna used to say:
“Today’s school is the school of life. Teachers and parents should combine thinking in such a way that the child at home finds a teacher and at school has a parent.”
We train students for the job market and not for life. When faced with a problem (which is often basic), they can not solve it, they need the pain of gross experience. This is a problem of global proportions and difficult to solve.
Aristotle believed that education would be the best way to prepare the citizen for society. This is a very different concept from what we see today in most countries: for us, true education comes down to mathematical formulas and memorized dates, with many students knowing at most the capitals of ten to twenty countries.
Surely it sounds funny to say that a young college student does not know the difference between the back and the back, but it’s the truth. The problem begins in the simplest things and extends through more complex areas of knowledge. We have made few essays, encouraged people only to read and not to write as well, since both, when they coexist, are essential for the formation of a thinking individual, who can distinguish himself in the middle of the confused and homogeneous intellectual mass.
Sister Miriam Joseph says in her book The Trivium:
“Today, as in past centuries, the mastery of liberal arts is widely recognized as the best preparation for study in vocational schools, such as medicine, law, engineering or theology. Those who first perfect their own faculties through liberal education are thus better prepared to serve others in their professional capacity. “
That is, the Liberal Arts are not limited to one more area of study, they extend for a lifetime and go far beyond just meritocracy and certificates.
As you can see, the Liberal Arts can be a hope for the chaos our education has become, even though it is not a perfect educational system. But how to study Trivium if schools do not teach? Everything begins in individual study, starting from that burning desire quoted above. It begins in the will to know, to leave the darkness and to go to the light. Educare. Lead ourselves (and acquaintances) out of the “intellectual cave”.
If we want to live in a better world, we should focus on education. Only she will fulfill that desire.