Sean Fitzpatrick

SEAN FITZPATRICK is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College and serves as the headmaster of Gregory the Great Academy in Elmhurst, Pa. He also serves on the Advisory Council for Sophia Institute for Teachers. His writings on education, literature and culture have appeared in Crisis Magazine, The Imaginative Conservative, and Catholic Exchange.

K-12 Opinion

The wake-up call of boarding school

Good boarding schools assume education as an ordered rule of life and thus hold a remarkable advantage over other schooling options

Opinion

Beer, skittles and education

A formative education is not possible alongside pornography and casual sex, television programs depicting violence, perversity, and relativism

Opinion

The end of education

The aim of education is to form the whole person according to timeless, intrinsic values, rather than train a whole people to conform to a contemporary set of uniform, economic standards

K-12 Opinion

Teachers must learn to use ‘The Force’

With Star Wars, teachers have an opportunity to engage children’s hearts by permitting some fun in conversation, accepting their interests, and reinforcing friendship

Opinion

Science and poetry: The place of physics and metaphysics in Catholic education

Poetry is the creative utterance of the mystical sense of creation, expressive of our sensitivity towards it

K-12 Opinion

Taking play seriously

Play is both the beginning and the end of wisdom, as it delights in truth before it is fully known and then again, once it is known

Opinion

Education and imagination

Though inundated with powerful and often perverse images, today’s educational programs give little attention to the importance of images or the imagination

Opinion

Education, adolescence and Edgar Allan Poe

Poe’s tales provide an occasion to cope with the contradictions of the mind, so characteristic of adolescence, as they move toward contemplation of metaphysical beauty

K-12 Opinion

A dangerous education

Teachers must not flinch from flinging themselves, together with their students, towards the truth, despite the flags of falsehood unfurled against them

Opinion

Doublethinking education

If children are not bravely taught the truth about the world and about themselves, it will be a brave new world before long