"From Wojtyla's perspective, the moral relativism that has resulted from the modern "turn to the subject" is only the product of an anthropological stagnation in the absence of faith. In other words, man turns to himself and "stays" there, failing to see that his own humanity points him beyond himself, failing to see that anthropology points to theology
(Christopher West, Theology of the Body Explained)
Not trying to get preachy here, promise. But here's the thing:
We spend all kinds of time discussing how to better educate our students. For what? Aren't we using our content areas as vehicles to produce better citizens? (or at least that's what we say.) It's not about math, English, science, social studies or P. freakin' E. It's about human beings. It's about the dignity of the individual, right? But if we never help students get past the fact the world doesn't revolve around them, what good is it? Why bother?
So if we are trying to help students get past self and become part of a greater good, what is this greater good? Where does faith enter into this equation? Or does it? Should it?
We have problems in our schools. Serious problems. Most of our kids could give a rip about the Pythagorean Theorem, slope-intercept form or whether or not they put their name in the right place on the paper. Our kids are trying to figure out where they fit into this world and they're thinking "if it's not about me, then who's it about, you? Why should I care about you?"
Most of us don't want to discuss our politics let alone our theology. It's too personal. But there's no way it doesn't affect our pedagogy.
Are we really the answer? Or as we become a little more self-aware should that point us to something greater us? If so, where's that in the curriculum? If it's about more than us, yet us is the only thing we can talk about in schools, we're trying to build a fire without oxygen.