The human spirit is never satisfied with things as they are and seeks the better life. It always plans something better than what it now has. Not the birds or the animals. For centuries, they have lived in the same kind of nests or lairs, and have not looked around for a blanket or a roof to shelter them at night or in inclement weather. This is why we have schools. We formalize our efforts to form the young into an ideal person. We choose people we consider the best guides for them.
Asked what to teach in the first Jesuit school for externs in Messina, Italy, St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit Order, answered, "letras y doctrina cristiana." ("Lyrics and Christian doctrine.")
To him and to the early Jesuits with him, schools should develop people who think rightly and accordingly. A special institution, besides the church, was needed to teach them that.