Saint John Bosco

 

The Salesian educational tradition has its origins and inspiration in the life and work of the northern Italian Catholic priest, John Melchior Bosco  (1815 – 1888). Don Bosco was an educational practitioner rather than an educational theorist.  He wrote very little about his educational principles and it is impossible to understand his approach to education without reference to the story of his life.

 

His life, the manner in which he approached his work, and his preaching, indicate that he considered the basic building block of his educative spirit to be love.  But love alone was not enough. He was adamant that the young people in his care should not only be loved but that they should also know that they were loved. Therefore, love had to be given practical expression. This was done via the educative method that he himself called the “Preventive System.”  This system was based on

 

  • Reason
  • Religion
  • Loving Kindness

 

Saint John Bosco