But there was one bit that struck me as ESPECIALLY relevant to American Home-schoolers....
This is what we should be aiming for with our kids. And this is what public schools are no longer teaching. I think I'm going to print this out, frame it, and make it my family's homeschooling mission statement.
The preservation of freedom calls for the cultivation of virtue,
self-discipline, sacrifice for the common good and a sense of responsibility
towards the less fortunate. It also demands the courage to engage in civic life
and to bring one's deepest beliefs and values to reasoned public debate. In a
word, freedom is ever new. It is a challenge held out to each generation, and it
must constantly be won over for the cause of good.
After all, why write our own lame, shallow one, when the pope has said it so much better! Oh yeah... we want to make saints too.... but what virtues do we need to cultivate in our children then? The same ones! Right!
I'm so glad we've had a run of awesome popes.......