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THE SALESIAN EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

       

The first element is reason: the power to comprehend and understand the young and at the same time the abilityto dialogue and communicate with them. This calls for an active and constant presence of the educator with the educand; a pleasant and unrestrained "being together". Efforts are made to provide for the legitimate emotional and pyschological needs of the young, who seek "to belong", "to be secure" and "to be recognized".


Belongingness, security, and recognition are attained in this system of education by the confidence generated through this interpersonal relationship between pupils and teachers who, in Don Bosco's words, are like "loving fathers" encouraging and praising at the proper moment. The needs for attention and recognition are fulfilled by wholesome outlets: sports, music, drama, field trips and a countless number of school activities. The educator in a Salesian school seeks to minimize the negative effects of the so-called "generation gap" fostering the proper balance between authority and permissiveness, by blending freedom with responsibility, integrating the old and the new. In a word, he fosters true and genuine humanism.To stop at human values and not go beyond was inconceivable for Don Bosco: he placed great emphasis on the second factor of the Salesian Educational System.
 

The means of saving the young is and ever will be religion, which will dominate the actions of the young and effect permanent change for the good of the individual and that of society. Salesian Education, drawing always from authentic Catholic tradition, places great importance on the frequent use of the Sacraments - the ordinary channels of God's grace and help.

To reason and religion, the Salesian Educator adds kindness to complete the educational triangle. This basic principle is not a weakness, but rather a show of strength and self-control. It seeks to create a persuasive atmostphere, where self expression is fostered. This kindness or charity generates that expansiveness and confidence so much needed by today's youth.

The element of kindness leads us to a consideration of the fulcrum: the teacher, the pupil and the family. The first school is the family and the frist teachers are parents. The Salesian Educators understand this important psychological fact and seek to develop in their school a "family spirit", such as would exist in a truly Christian family where all are united in a spirit of love, joy and peace. This can come about when a genuine and concerned relationship exists within the members of a family. It is just such a pattern that the Salesians seek to develop when we speak of a second educational triangle consisting of the teacher, pupil and family. It is only in the proper balance of these two triangles that true education will result.





The Preventive System stems from the Gospel of Christ, who is meekness, kindness, and love. This method is based on the golden words of St. Paul when he extols the great virtue of Charity: "Charity is patient, is kind. It bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things."