The Catholic Church has educated the social elite for many centuries, and the Society of Jesus provides a vigorous training for young minds.
Originally formed as the Church's "shock troops" of the Counter-Reformation, the Jesuits have long used education as a weapon in their struggles against Protestant heresy. Their colleges give Catholic students an excellent grounding in many disciplines, as well as making sure that their faith is certain and sure. A few pupils receive scholarships or charity, but the majority of them are the children of the social elite in Catholic nations. Jesuit Colleges have an essentially conservative bent and exist to confirm the existing political and social order (and the Church's over-arching authority) in the minds of the students, not make them question the world.
The Society of Jesus had a long tradition of intellectual excellence, a legacy of its duty to debate with Protestant reformers of the Church. Many of the Vatican's best scientists and thinkers have been found among its ranks. The Jesuits also have a long tradition of educating the laity, and still, provide a secular and religious education that is the equal of any other in the world.
Monastery School DescriptionEdit
For centuries, monasteries have been islands of learning in a sea of ignorance. Their schools give a good education to the sons of the faithful.
The education offered is, of course, heavily weighted towards religious matters. The students will often become priests, so they must understand the creed and doctrine of the Orthodox Church and have the wisdom to act as guides and arbiters in their communities.
Historically, monasteries were not only retreats from the world but the places where knowledge was preserved. The scriptoriums and libraries of monasteries kept and copied information from antiquity, while outside their walls life was nasty, brutish and violently short. Orthodox monasteries also had a long tradition of producing and preserving beautiful religious icons, and of performing liturgical music of an amazingly high quality.
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