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August 26, 2021 2 min read
The Rose Main Reading Room of the New York Public Library in Manhattan

As the dog days of summer give way to the academic year for many Americans, it’s important to remember the meaning of school and education. The Greek word “skole” meant leisure, in the sense of not having to do manual labor and the ability to enter into the most rewarding aspects of life, especially that of contemplation of truth. While we say horrible phrases like the “education industry” and “academic work,” it’s always important to remember that education and study are gifts from God to pursue him and his creation in a formal way. The Latin root of education (e-ducare) means “to lead out,” or to be liberated from error and wrong ways of thinking into freedom and truth. Let us all be freed from mundane anxiety and enter into the leisurely contemplation of all that is true, good, and beautiful.

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