“[W]hy would I say that only a Catholic education can bring young people to the threshold of the love that threatens to batter down the gates of the heart? One reason is simple enough. There are no more pagans like Plato among us, and the worthy Protestants who remain, who understand that education without the wonder of love, education that leaves the heart cold and barren, is not true education at all, are taking their lead from Catholics present and past. The pagans and sub-pagans at Yale are not reading St. Augustine, while the ardent Christians at Patrick Henry College, most of them our worthy Protestant brethren, are reading him, as they are learning Latin and ancient Greek, and reading Dante and Aquinas, and Spenser and Milton. In other words, that cor ad cor education that Newman enjoyed has its roots in the educational habits of the medieval schools, which preserved and purified the best of what the wisest pagans had to offer. There is nothing left, except the cold steel and fiberglass Teaching Machine, that inhuman thing, and the Church school. It is either John Dewey, Bill Gates, and Henry Ford, or it is Thomas Aquinas, Michelangelo, and Teresa of Avila. Matthew Arnold with his cultural classicism is dead; and not even Presbyterians read John Calvin.”
Anthony Esolen, “The Common Core: A Curriculum for Clever Robots”,
New Oxford Review, March 2015.