‘There is something mysterious and wonderful about the act of teaching someone how to do something. Good teaching can lead to personal and social transformation.’ Ronald Noone
In Binding Things Together, author Ronald Noone contends that religion and education remain indispensible vehicles for living authentic, rewarding and valuable lives so long as these terms are not confined by the institutions that seek to claim ownership of them.
One of the many definitions of religion, from the Latin ‘religio’ means, ‘to consider carefully’ while re ligare means to ‘re-connect’ following Saint Augustine.
Noone’s preferred definition for religion is ‘that which binds things together’; that religion helps makes sense of existence or gives a purpose. Teaching is the act where showing someone how to do something can also give a sense of purpose to both the teacher and the learner.
The author addresses the new gods appearing in schooling and education. The god of technology, the pursuit of ‘wellness’ in school settings, the obsession with data and metrics and the influence of business on education with the corporatisation of school boards and the demand that schools’ chief responsibility is to prepare students for the workforce.
Binding Things Together addresses the cultural questions of the day that are facing parents, teachers, school administrators, clergy and religious laity. Noone argues that the broad range of teaching is at a fundamental level, a religious activity.
The Revd. Dr Ronald Noone began his career as a secondary school teacher in New South Wales before studying theology at Trinity College, University of Melbourne. He also holds a Master of Sacred Theology and a PhD in education from New York University.
Fr Ron has been a Chaplain at Geelong Grammar, Director of the Anglican Department of Education in Perth, Western Australia, Lecturer at Murdoch University, Visiting Professor of Religious Education at the General Seminary in New York, Vicar of All Saints’ Newtown in Geelong, Examining Chaplain for the Diocese of Melbourne, and Head of Religious Education and then Senior Chaplain at Melbourne Grammar School.
Since retiring in 2012, Fr Ron has conducted a number of locums in the Diocese of Melbourne and was Interim Rector at the Church of the Transfiguration in New York in 2016.