Pope Francis: Teachers must share more than content

Pope Francis greets a young woman who gave a testimonial during a meeting with representatives of schools and universities at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador in Quito July 7. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

In March of this year, Pope Francis addressed the Italian Union of Catholic School Teachers, Managers, Educators, and Trainers on Catholic education. I've only recently read it, and find it provides some helpful thoughts as educators prepare for the resumption of the academic year. A snippet:

In a society that struggles to find points of reference, young people need a positive reference point in their school. The school can be this or become this only if it has teachers capable of giving meaning to school, to studies and to culture, without reducing everything to the mere transmission of technical knowledge. Instead they must aim to build an educational relationship with each student, who must feel accepted and loved for who he or she is, with all of his or her limitations and potential. In this direction, your task is more necessary now than ever. You must not only teach content, but the values and customs of life.
 

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