The Magisterium of the Catholic Church, the teaching authority left by Jesus Christ to his Church and principally exercised by popes and the college of bishops, proceeds in two ways: ordinarily, the Magisterium proceeds ‘ordinarily’; extraordinarily, the Magisterium proceeds ‘extraordinarily’. Bear with me. Ex cathedra pontifical pronouncements and solemn decrees of ecumenical councils—the two great […]
You know, just when you think everything is gone dark on Common Core, we get this to ignite the flame. Its an interesting read, but nothing new here for folks who are familiar with the talking points from the the proponents of Common Core, such as the Gates Foundation and our very own Washington DC based National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA.org). The NCEA continue to brush aside concerns from Catholic parents and teachers by forming another organization/initiative called “Catholic Identity Curriculum Integration” which according to their website is “a collaborative partnership formed to help teachers and school leaders develop curriculum that is truly Catholic and truly rigorous”. Truly “rigorous” indeed!
The link to the article is below, but you’ll have to wait to the very end of the article to learn why Catholics are really against the Common Core.
Simply put, our Catholic mission and that of Catholic Schools is NOT the same as public or other private school systems.
The question remains as to why our Bishops and Catholic School Superintendents do not see this for what it is.
As we begin Holy Week, there are a few hymns that we love and therefore would like to share with our friends. The first one is the “Salve Regina” or “Hail Holy Queen” sung by the Choir of Saint Agnes in New York. This is normally recited as part of the Rosary and is a beautiful hymn. The link is here
The second one is “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” from the the Notre Dame Basilica and according to the original poster..”This was the recessional hymn for a Mass of Ordination, the week after Easter (hence the seasonal hymn)”. Very powerful and tremendous example of all that is beautiful by the risen Lord! The Link is here
This is an excellent article on the importance of why our catholic schools should remain independent of state requirements and state regulations. Please share this most excellent article with as many parents, teachers and pastors as possible. Thanks!
We work with a number of diocesan schools that suffer from a diocesan-mandated imposition of state requirements. This post from the weekly newsletter of Jason Adams, Headmaster of Lumen Christi Catholic School in Indianapolis, gives many excellent reasons why Catholic schools should be free from such requirements, so that their life of faith can fully permeate their communities and their work. Jason has contributed to the Institute’s newsletter, and has attended our Academic Retreat and our Catholic Classical Schools Conference.
I had the privilege of testifying at a senate committee hearing on state standardized testing policy yesterday. I had the opportunity to touch base with one of our advisory council members Heather Crossin (Co-founder of Hoosiers Against Common Core) and a host of parents and grandparents from around the state who support independent education. I was able to tell Lumen Christi’s story, why we value our independence, and why all schools…
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Over the past few weeks, we have had an overwhelming response from parents, grandparents, educators and parishioners asking what can they do to help? Many have asked “do you have a petition going? or one we could sign?”
Well the answer this evening is, we do!
We invite you to view our online petition, to the Most Rev. John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown, and then sign it!
Here is the link to the petition
Or you can follow the link posted here.
Then after you sign, share with as many people as you can…through email, social media etc. You can do this via the share buttons below or just forwarding the link to the petition via email, Facebook, twitter etc.
Thanks, God Bless and Keep the faith!
Here is a very useful eight minute primer on education reform. Christopher Tienken, Ed.D. is an assistant professor of Education Administration at Seton Hall University in the College of Education and Human Services, Department of Education Management, Policy, and Leadership.
If you don’t know much about the common core or the rationale behind why we are told we need it so badly, then you should take the eight minutes to view this.