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JESUITICA: Making men of them

ratio_01b.jpg“Give me a boy for the first seven years and I will give you the man.” Anyone who can document this as a principle of Jesuit education can claim a large reward. It is still unclaimed. Jesuits don’t do little people. They heeded the Ratio Studiorum of 1586: “Children under seven are an awful nuisance (molestissimi sunt), and need nurses rather than teachers.”