Published for the first time in English, Educating a Child: The Art of Arts by
Father Joseph Duhr S.J. is a must-read for all parents and educators who want to
understand the essential role they must play as God’s co-operators in the education
In this first volume (of two), Father Duhr begins by laying out the goal of
education, which is to gradually form the child physically, intellectually and
morally, teaching him to master his instincts and passions, so that he will one day
be capable of leading himself. Ultimately, it is to establish God as Master and King
in this soul created by Him for His Greater Glory and destined to find its
perfection and happiness in possessing Him.
Having laid the foundations, Father then describes the family environment which
is favorable to the blossoming of the child. Finally, he looks at authority, its origin
and purpose, and how to use it in order to bring the child to be what God wants
him to be.
About the author:
Father Joseph Duhr (1885-1961) was a Jesuit from Wormeldingen, Luxembourg,
who spent most of his adult life in Mumbai, India, where he was teacher, Principal
and Rector at the prestigious Jesuit-run Saint Xavier’s College.
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