The Best Way Forward is Undoubtedly Backwards

In an article entitled, “Education and the Art of Pastries,” Christopher Maiocca argues that “the best way forward [in the education of our own children] is undoubtedly backwards.”  What he means by this is simply that the only way of properly training our kids to delight in Truth, Goodness, and Beauty is to regain the lost tools of learning rather than attempting to innovate – or evolve – our way to a higher plateau in educational enterprise.  Indeed, as parents desirous to cultivate a love of virtue and ultimately a passion for the glory of Christ, our mantra  should be to “keep to the ancient paths.”  Or, to give us a further Scriptural context for holding fast to that Truth which has always been and will always be true, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.  You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  And these words that I command you today [in the late fifteenth century B.C. – over 3500 years ago] shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-7)