Newman’s Impact on Education

The second of the conference's three themes was 'Newman as Educator'. Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of the University of Oxford, presented a paper titled 'Newman’s Impact on Education'.

“It cannot be over-stated that for Newman, it was imperative to remember the overall purpose of education.  ‘If then’ he wrote , ‘a practical end must be assigned to a University course, I say that is training good members of society …  It is education which gives a man a clear, conscious view of their own opinions and judgements, a truth in developing them, an eloquence in expressing them, and a force in urging them.  It teaches him to see things as they are, to go right to the point, to disentangle a strain of thought, to dissect what is sophisticated and to discard what is irrelevant.’  I would add that when they achieve this, the role of universities is clearly germane to attempts to promote what the French would doubtless call social solidarity.”

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