Category: Education

Review of Catholic Courses' "God of the Old Testament"
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Review of Catholic Courses’ “God of the Old Testament”

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I just finished Dr. Paul Niskanen’s wonderful Catholic Courses class, The God of the Old Testament. It’s delightful. Full of “ah-hah” moments on a range of topics from historical oddities (I had no idea where the name “Jehovah” came from) to deep theological revelations, it packs some serious scholarly punch—all delivered in an engaging and […]

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 […]

Standing Tall
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Standing Tall

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Sports movies have a built-in source of drama. In every contest there are winners and losers, hard work and teamwork, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Yet such movies also can lapse into melodrama and cliché: slow-motion metaphors that elevate sports above other challenges of life. Yet the best sports movies fit […]

Thousands of Boston Catholics Pray Against Harvard’s Satanic ‘Black Mass’
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Thousands of Boston Catholics Pray Against Harvard’s Satanic ‘Black Mass’

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Thousands of Catholics and non-Catholic supporters turned out for a prayer service Monday night, processing through the streets of Boston and singing hymns in response to a threat by a Harvard university secularist group to hold a Satanic “black Mass” on campus. Although a statement from the group, the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club, claimed […]

College Bound
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College Bound

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What’s in your kid’s college fund? Or are you putting all your efforts into rearing a bright child who will ace the SATs and get scholarship offers? Whatever your plan, the thought of college tuition raises fear in the hearts of many parents. How to pay? The Morlino family has one solution. “Everything we’ve been […]

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 […]

New Paper Exposes Hidden Agenda of the Sex Ed Establishment
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New Paper Exposes Hidden Agenda of the Sex Ed Establishment

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Reporters called one program “x-rated.” Another was dubbed “kindergarten sex ed.” A World Health Organization version led to a spectacular defeat in the European Parliament. UN delegates reject it as an assault on their culture. Comprehensive sexuality education often goes unchallenged – until people discover what it teaches. Now a new paper explains the politics […]

The Persecution of Sister Jane Dominic Laurel
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The Persecution of Sister Jane Dominic Laurel

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Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a Dominican nun who has recently come under fire for a presentation she made to a group of Catholic students in North Carolina, has been doing the same type of presentation for years. Her subject matter is Catholic teaching on the truth about human sexuality—popularized by Pope John Paul II as […]

FIRST Step Toward America’s Future
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FIRST Step Toward America’s Future

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It’s a compelling event — something we all better hope we see more of, if America is to thrive. I speak of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competitions, which will be taking place at various cities across Canada and the U.S. through the first week in April. Teams of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wishing You a Filthy New Year?
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Wishing You a Filthy New Year?

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FILTHY: obscene, vile, impure, indecent, lascivious, lewd, pornographic, raunchy, vulgar In other words, not a very nice wish for the new year. But that is exactly what Planned Parenthood is offering our children. Not too long ago a mother wrote to me: “I am very concerned that, by using an abstinence-only approach to educating our […]

Raising the Bar in Every Area of Life
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Raising the Bar in Every Area of Life

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As a two-time NCAA Division I All-American and National Champion high jumper, Bill Thierfelder had long been accustomed to raising the bar in a literal sense. Now, he does so in a metaphorical way by promoting excellence and virtue in every aspect of life. In fact, each light post at Belmont Abbey College is adorned with a […]

Empty School Hallway
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How to Be Right All The Time

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Back in my other life, when I was a full time high school English teacher, I had a lot of good stories.  Almost daily something funny or tragic would happen because I was working with two highly dramatic and unpredictable groups: teenagers and teachers.  Throw in parents paying high property taxes and administrators protecting their […]

Creating a Monastery in your Catholic Homeschool in 10 Steps
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Creating a Monastery in your Catholic Homeschool in 10 Steps

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When I was in college, I prayed and discerned a vocation to become a sister or a nun.  I was enthralled by the Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart, since I had had the honor of working with and forthem at a Catholic School in Florida.  Fortunately for me, I was assigned to work with […]

The Terrors of the 7th Grade Dance
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The Terrors of the 7th Grade Dance

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Me to my 7th grade daughter: “You can go to the school dance, but you can’t slow dance with any boys.” My 7th grade daughter: “The principal said we’re not allowed to say no.” This conversation, naturally, almost shocked me into a full-blown panic attack. Then it got worse. Me: “Are you sure that’s what the […]

Confronting the Lies About Women: Education
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Confronting the Lies About Women: Education

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The lives of women have been so severely impacted by the dark side of contemporary culture that it’s hard to know where to begin to dig out of the lies. As with a ball of knotted twine, one needs to see the threads distinctly in order to separate and untangle them. Likewise, we need to […]

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 […]

If You Don't Agree with the Catholic Church, Why Teach the Faith?
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If You Don’t Agree with the Catholic Church, Why Teach the Faith?

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We do not really want a religion that is right where we are right. We want a religion that is right where we are wrong. We do not want, as the newspapers say, a church that will move with the world. We want a church that will move the world. -G.K. Chesterton With the start […]

Focusing on Prenatal Abilities -- The Womb Classroom
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Focusing on Prenatal Abilities — The Womb Classroom

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In 2003 my beautiful daughter Chloe was born with a diagnosis of Down syndrome, and I must admit my family was filled with fear, anxiety and uncertainty about Chloe’s future. At the time I was in my 20th year as a Police Officer, and I had no knowledge of supports for children like Chloe. When […]

Police Storm German Homeschooling Family’s House, Seize Children
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Police Storm German Homeschooling Family’s House, Seize Children

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At 8:00 a.m. last Thursday, a team of 20 social workers, police officers, and special agents stormed a homeschooling family’s residence near Darmstadt, Germany, forcibly removing all four of the family’s children (ages 7–14). The sole grounds for removal were that the parents, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich, continued to homeschool their children in defiance of […]

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 […]

Wrapping ‘Summer Love’ into a New School Year
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Wrapping ‘Summer Love’ into a New School Year

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I’ll admit it’s work, but I love it. I love camping…. the dust clouds and the cicadas’ rhythmic swell and the  sun leaking into  the thin tent nylon in the early morning, insistent. Our rusty old  camp grill and the Coleman  torch that scatters just a bit of an ethereal Hey-summer-we-survived-this-year’s-algebra-and-ancient-history-and-disappointments-and-triumphs-and-we’re-back-to-settle-in-your-scheduleless -rustic-August glow. The whispers […]

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