Irrigate refers to the nurturing of the soul through goodness, truth, and beauty. In his book “Abolition of Man”, C.S. Lewis lays out a treatise for the importance of universal values and warns us against pragmatism in education. “We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” Ransom Fellowship School is named after Lewis’ character Elwin Ransom who fought evil in his space trilogy. The trilogy was written by Lewis to put the concepts of “Abolition of Man” into a story.
Education is a process of irrigation and the nurturing of the soul as well as the mind. When beauty is omitted from education and ignored in life then also is meaning. We recognize true goodness and are not afraid to distinguish it from evil though our modern culture continues its descent further into relativistic chaos. Ransom Fellowship School seeks to irrigate the very hearts and souls of students with immersion in what is good, beautiful, and true.
“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” ~C.S. Lewis “Abolition of Man”