The objective of the Committee on Masonic Education is to encourage Masons to wonder, to inquire, and to be self-reliant in obtaining light from a multitude of sources, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning and inspiring them to share their light with others.
Why Masonic Education?
The Committee on Masonic Education is important because:
It helps us become better men.
It helps us better understand the Fraternity.
It helps us to understand our obligations.
It helps us to understand our origins and history.
It enlightens the non-Mason about the Fraternity.
It provides a solid foundation for understanding the ritual work.
Individual Mason and Non-Mason
Each Mason is a student regardless of his position in the Fraternity. Brethren are encouraged to improve themselves by discussing topics with other Brethren and reading books on Freemasonry. Other Masons will find enjoyment in researching topics. Some Brethren may wish to present their research to Masonic groups or write an article for a Masonic publication.
The non-Masons are those individuals who are not members of the Fraternity. This group includes men, women, and children. It is important to share information about our good deeds and works with those who are less knowledgeable.
Relationship Between the LEO and the LIW
There are three main areas for Lodge instruction:
(3) everything else
The Worshipful Master is responsible for ensuring that the Brethren are proficient in their use of the ritual.
The Committee on Work employs time tested training methods to teach letter perfect catechisms and lectures to individuals. They employ group training (group exercise) techniques to reinforce the learning and to blend the individuals into highly skilled teams to perform the beautiful ritual exercises in their Lodges. The phrases and fluid floor movements are choreographed in a precise, standard and unchanging manner to allow succeeding generations of individual Masons to derive the same moral and ethical messages.
The teaching of the ritual is where the apparent overlap and confusion occurs. The resolution of the problem and the separation of duties is as follows. The teaching of these words in exact order is the domain of the Grand Lecturer, Committee on Work, District Instructors of Work (DIW) and Lodge Instructors of Work. They will provide Lodge Officers and catechism coaches with time-tested mechanisms to ensure the phrasing and floor work movements are more easily committed to memory.
The Committee on Masonic Education teaches the meaning of the ritual for the purpose of clarification, so that the exact phrasing and floor work movements are more easily committed to memory, then the interpretation of the ritual is considered well within his purview. Remember, members of the Committee on Masonic Education are trainers and coaches, as are the members of the Committee on Work. They impart information (educate) by imprinting and re-enforcing the impressive words of the Masonic ritual and ceremonies on the minds of Masons using “drill” methods.
The Committee on Work usually focuses on the Who, What and When–The Committee on Masonic Education addresses the Why.
Remember: The real objective of both the Masonic educator and the Committee on Work is to build better men.