What needs to be known about learners (their environment, background, community, and potential) to teach them well?
Cura personalis—personal care and concern for the individual—is a hallmark of Jesuit education, and
requires that teachers become as conversant as possible with the context or life experience of the learner.
Since human experience, always the starting point in a Jesuit education, never occurs in a vacuum,
educators must know as much as possible about the actual context within which teaching and learning
take place. Teachers need to understand the world of the learner, including the ways in which family,
friends, peers, and the larger society impact that world and affect the learner for better or worse.