Carolingian Age - education of a young monk
The young monk, in the Carolingian period, had to be guarded and guided so he would not fall in the vices. Punishment and praise had to be dispensed according to the moments in order to teach the right way, without ever forgetting that the young man, as such, is still weaker than an adult and can not be subjected to the same practices. It was therefore necessary to dose fasting and beatings, usual punishments (in the monasteries for example) in an appropriate manner, without exaggeration.
Up to 15 years, prescribes the Benedictine rule, children are not grown men and the strict rules of the monastery should be applied sparingly. Surveillance to young people to be careful, to avoid falling into the vices, but always measured. The good teacher must distinguish the deserving and reckless and treat each one as it deserves.
The statement represents another side of the formation of a young friar. First you learn to read and to write. The next step was to study the so-called arts of the trivium: grammar, logic and rhetoric, especially grammar, necessary for a good command of the Latin language in which they were written sacred texts and their comments. Who was distinguished by intelligence could also studied other arts such as arithmetic and geometry and traveled from school to school to learn from the best teachers.
The great masters of the monastic world never identified a contrast between the study and life of a monk but thought that the study of the letters were a way to keep away from vices and realize the ideal of the purity of monastic life.