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Philosophy of Education
At Avalon we seek ways to support parents in their important work as the primary educators of their children.

As the French philosopher Jacques Maritain proclaimed, "There is nothing so widely desired as a heroic life, but there is nothing so rare."

While few have the opportunity for heroism in the wide world, everyone has the opportunity for living the heroism of everyday life, by doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. This requires a recognition that human beings are not just "muddy instants" in a meaningless world, but created by God in His own image and likeness and called to eternal life. The virtues of reverence, awe, piety towards the Creator and His Creation, and a sense of personal vocation must be inculcated to help young people develop a proper wish or ideal for their own lives. Central to this ideal is the notion of giving of oneself or sacrificing oneself for others.

Families may adopt the form of one of several models, be it the "launching pad" model, the "consumption collective" model, or the "model family" model, but the ecological niche most suitable for raising children is what Pope John Paul II called the "community of persons" model. Through social events and discussion seminars that promote friendships among families, Avalon will help families develop the optimistic realism necessary for raising children into mature young men and women capable of dealing nobly with life.

As the great thinker G.K. Chesterton said, "An adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered."

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