By Patrick Deneen, February 2, 2016
My students are know-nothings. They are exceedingly nice, pleasant, trustworthy,
mostly honest, well-intentioned, and utterly decent. But their brains are largely empty, devoid of any substantial knowledge that might be the fruits of an education in an inheritance and a gift of a previous generation. They are the culmination of western civilization, a civilization that has forgotten nearly everything about itself, and as a result, has achieved near-perfect indifference to its own culture.
[Ed.] The title and opening paragraph above were copied from here at mindingthecampus.org . I urge you to read the article in its entirety. Because of the loss of the knowledge of our culture, Dr. Deneen foresees its collapse.
Sadly, his observations reflect the true state of education in most schools, but it is the goal of The Roger Bacon Academy’s classical curriculum to impart the history of civilization to our students in the hope of avoiding his predicted collapse. Else that some may carry the the seeds of our culture across the abyss to germinate and grow anew on the other side.