CONVERSATIONS WITH CASSANDRA: Who Believes in Education? by Sister M. C.S.C. Madeleva


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The well -known and widely respected educator, poet and author, Sister M. Madeleva, (who has just retired as president of St. Mary's College, Indiana) qualifies her approach to With Cassandra by subtitling her book Who Believes In Education? It is obvious that Sister Madeleva believes in it and its ""tremendous dimensions"" which teach the universality of brotherly love, the dignity of man, the basic equality of men, their brotherhood as sons of God and the loving fatherhood of God. In this series of lecture type essays addressed to college students and teachers, Sister Madeleva explores the reasons for the education of women whom she envisions as the ""makers and keepers of Christian Civilization"". Only through a Christian education, the author feels, can's woman find that the perfection of love is service to mankind. Women educated in co-educational schools will disagree with Sister Madeleva's advocacy of superior results of a women's college. But that is probably the one point they will take exception to in this small, beautifully-written, lyrical book which expostulates lovingly on the importance of a study of the Classics, a knowledge of languages and a greater love of the Universe. The concluding chapter on Dame Julian of Norwich, a 14th Century Mystic, might well create a demand for her book Sixteen Revelations of Divine Love.

Pub Date: Sept. 25th, 1961
Publisher: Macmillan