Much is made these days about reforming Catholic education, specifically of improving academic achievement and Catholic identity in our Catholic schools. Both are in need of improvement. I would argue, however, that we cannot make significant improvement in either of these directly, that is, without addressing more fundamental issues first. I believe that both academic achievement and Catholic identity can only be significantly improved by addressing foundations which undergird them – foundations which our schools have forgotten or abandoned. Continue reading
While Archbishop Miller’s book The Holy See’s Teaching on Catholic Schools is the best summary of the Church’s view of Catholic K-12 education, you can find links to many of the individual Catholic Church documents on education here: Church Documents // Alliance for Catholic Education.
Two documents by the Congregation for Catholic Education which may also be of interest are: The Catholic School and The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School
As Andrew Seeley points out in his post Spiritual Poverty commenting on the words of Pope Francis, loneliness and emptiness afflicts many in Western culture. For many, this spiritual poverty begins at a young age – while in school. Public schools institutionalize this loneliness and emptiness systematically, though not intentionally, because they have removed morality, virtue, and religion from schools. Continue reading
Morphology is the study of morphemes, which are units of meaning. For example, the letter unit “tri” is not a word, yet it has meaning. It signifies three. When connected to one or more morphemes in a word, those morphemes give shape to the word meaning. In the word Triune, we can identify not only the Latin prefix (morpheme) “tri,” but we also see the ending “une” and its similarity to the Latin “uni” – meaning one. We would suspect, if we did not know its meaning, that Triune had something to do with three and one. In fact, its most basic definition is three in one. You have probably had this experience of getting the gist of a word by examining its morphology. It is an important skill to develop in children, but seems to have lost its appeal in modern education. Not only is the study of morphology important for the development of vocabulary, it is also important in the development of spelling. In his creative blog The Morphology Dojo, Andrew Hoyt offers some classroom ideas for a morphological approach to teaching vocabulary.
In their article, How Middle School Failures Lead to Medical School Success, in today’s The Atlantic, Jessica and Tim Lahey bring together two topics that I want to write much more about in future blogs. They provide real life examples as an introduction to the topics of self-esteem and growth mindset. Continue reading
A couple years ago I began blogging about Catholic education, but my effort did not last long. With renewed energy and desire I have decided to begin again. There is, I believe, a real need for Catholic schools to connect with their past and yet strive toward to future. Continue reading
Here is a link to St. Pius X Classical Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, another parish with a school that has a classical curriculum. Also, here is their Parent / Student Handbook
I’ve come across an updated website for St. Jerome Catholic School in Hyattsville, MD. Also a fellow blogger sent me the following link: an article at the InsideCatholic.Com blog. Finally, here is another article on St. Jerome Catholic School, which you can also find at the school website above.