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Learning in the Age of Martha: The Value of a Classical Christian Education

Distracted from distraction by distraction Filled with fancies and empty of meaning… –T.S. Eliot, The Four Quartets

We remember Martha as she is described in the Gospel of Luke. It is not a very flattering portrayal. “But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.’” Martha’s busyness becomes a lesson to us all, including schools–slow down and take a breath.</