Tag: "education"

Catholic Schools: A Community Institution
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Catholic Schools: A Community Institution

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The fact that Catholic education produces solid academic results is well documented. The benefits include the following: 98% of low income, minority children graduate from Catholic high schools, compared to only 66% of all students in public schools; Hispanic and African American Students who attend Catholic schools are 2.5 times more likely to graduate college; […]

Dominican - Black Friar
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Western Civ in the Crosshairs

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Students are enmeshed with a secular worldview.

Pope Francis and School Choice
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Pope Francis and School Choice

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In his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), Pope Francis addressed issues related to marriage and the family. The document has received a great deal of media coverage and it will shape the way that the Church discusses these issues moving forward. One important section of the exhortation focused on reaffirming the Church’s […]

Catholic Colleges Can Discuss Abortion Without Inviting Planned Parenthood
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Catholic Colleges Can Discuss Abortion Without Inviting Planned Parenthood

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Georgetown University has defended next month’s lecture by Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards by claiming a commitment to “the free exchange of ideas.” Catholic colleges absolutely should expose students to the arguments against Catholic teaching — including those about abortion, contraception and sexuality — but an unfiltered lecture from someone who has no respect for […]

<em>Laudato Si</em> with My Children
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Laudato Si with My Children

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Reading Laudato Si was like falling in love. For my husband and me, it brought back memories of the exciting early mornings of twelve years ago. Newly enraptured with Catholic teaching, we would rise early with a pot of coffee and our books – him with the Catechism of the Catholic Church and me with […]

Book Review: <em>Your School of Love</em>
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Book Review: Your School of Love

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In Your School of Love (Tan Books, 2015), veteran homeschooler and mother of nine Agnes Penny hopes “to encourage homeschoolers to try a more relaxed, more natural, less stressful style of learning.” While maintaining that homeschooling is a natural outgrowth of our parenting, “another way to spend time and share experiences with our children,” she […]

The First Heralds
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The First Heralds

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My husband was watching the morning news when footage of 433 hot air balloons in France lit the screen and he pressed pause, beckoning our daughter. “Look, Maria!” he said. They watched the segment together, but Ted wasn’t satisfied with its educational value, so he found an online video of another hot air balloon, kicking […]

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel
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Front Row With Francis: Saving Education from Experts

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I can remember vividly that August morning nearly eleven years ago.  I sat cross-legged on the floor of my family room facing my soon-to-be two year old son reclining in his little rocking chair and my newborn daughter nestled in her baby swing.  The house was quiet. My husband had just left for work – […]

School Choice and the Constitution
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School Choice and the Constitution

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One common concern with regard to school choice legislation is that it will violate the U.S. Constitution by enabling children to attend religiously affiliated schools. While this concern is understandable, the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected arguments that school choice legislation amounts to an unlawful entanglement between church and state. Specifically, the U.S. Supreme Court […]

Common Core
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Wake Up, Conservatives!

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Conservatives should favor local autonomy over top-down control.

Online Homeschooling Curriculums -- A Review: Part I
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Online Homeschooling Curriculums — A Review: Part I

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You may be starting the new school year in mid to late August or not until after Labor Day weekend, but either way we have rounded the homestretch and the dig date is looming on the horizon. Whether this is your first time to homeschool or you have been schooling for a few years (or decades […]

A Way Out for College Kids
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A Way Out for College Kids

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American education is in trouble—that much seems to be a given.  Our public schools and colleges are getting poor results, our young people are drowning in debt, new graduates can’t find jobs, and our overall rankings in the world are pretty dismal.  We are greatly in need of a transformation, but we need to think […]

College Sports Map
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Can You Read This Essay?

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A surprising number of college athletes must answer in the negative.

The Imperative of Snow Days
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The Imperative of Snow Days

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Writing now in the midst of winter, I’d like to address a certain sort of winter day that flits about the calendar and weather reports in an almost fantastical and mythical fashion, that is, the Snow Day. What I’d like to suggest is that there are benefits stemming from the Snow Day that go beyond […]

Millennials' Siren Song
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Millennials’ Siren Song

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Occupy Wall Street activist and “independent journalist” Jesse Myerson recently made waves when he penned a piece for Rolling Stone in which he laid out five major policy priorities that Millennials should be fighting for, including such novel concepts as “guaranteed work for everybody,” and “take back the land.” Perhaps the best indicator of the sheer lunacy […]

What I Teach My Kids About Evolution
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What I Teach My Kids About Evolution

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People ask me what I teach my kids about evolution. The answer is, “I teach the science, but not the ideology.” The Evolutionists say, “You are failing your kids as an educator!” No, I’m teaching my children to keep a view of reality firmly in place, the very first thing a scientist ought to do. The Creationists […]

Parent Guides to Human Sexuality
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Parent Guides to Human Sexuality

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The Archdiocese of New York has published three handy booklets for parents, providing suggestions and examples on how to talk to their kids about the gift and responsibility of human sexuality. Each booklet focuses on a particular age group: primary grades, middle schoolers and teens. Fathers for Good spoke to Kimberly Quatela, chastity education coordinator […]

Teach Your Children Something Useless
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Teach Your Children Something Useless

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Every once in a while, educational fads turn toward “back to basics.” Schools emphasize necessary and useful subjects–meaning, useful for getting a job. Math, reading, and science take center stage. Other subjects get cut. In fact, one of the biggest criticisms of the new Common Core Standards is its utilitarian, vocational perspective on education. In […]

Decided to Homeschool but Super Scared?
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Decided to Homeschool but Super Scared?

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Have you decided to homeschool but are super scared to do so? Here are a few thoughts and tips to help you overcome your doubts and launch into the amazing, one-of-a-kind experience known as homeschooling: 1-    You are doing the BEST thing ever for your family! If you feel called to homeschool, want to homeschool, […]

The Catholic Factor in Schooling
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The Catholic Factor in Schooling

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Suppose your son is a sixth grader and his male teacher just married another man.  If it happens at a Catholic school, the teacher would be fired as has happened at schools in Ohio and California. If it is at a public school, it is likely a non-issue to administrators. In the latter case, you […]

10 Steps to Selecting a Catholic Homeschool Curriculum
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10 Steps to Selecting a Catholic Homeschool Curriculum

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Selecting a curriculum can be a truly overwhelming task each year for homeschooling mothers.  So many times I have said to myself, “if I could see that book, I’d know if I want it!”  Right?  Then you hop online look through blogs of perfect homes, with perfect mom teachers, that have the perfect school rooms, […]

Core State Standards Raising Questions for Parents
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Core State Standards Raising Questions for Parents

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With the school year starting soon, here’s a sampling of questions from recent emails: Q. Our school district is revamping the curriculum to comply with the new Common Core State Standards, but we don’t know what that will entail. Will my kids be behind since they have not had this curriculum from the beginning of […]

Dear Facebook
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Dear Facebook

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Dear Facebook, You keep asking me: “where did you go to College?” and you are making suggestions based on where some of my friends studied. If you must know, I went to the Université du Sud Toulon-Var, France (it was called Université de Toulon et du Var or UTV twenty years ago). I don’t give […]

Catholic Social Teaching and the Common Core State Standards
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Catholic Social Teaching and the Common Core State Standards

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The Common Core State Standards are raising tremendous controversy as politicians, educators, and parents analyze their accuracy and effectiveness; however, any analysis of the content of the Common Core State Standards necessarily ignores the main objection to these, or any federal standards, imposed on American schools.  The fact is that any federally imposed standard violates […]

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