A fourth-grader raises her hand to answer a question at Christ the King School in Irondequoit, N.Y., in this 2011 photo. Even with school out for the summer, the debate is ongoing about the love-them-or-hate-them Common Core State Standards, developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. (CNS photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier) (July 18, 2014) See WASHINGTON LETTER July 18, 2014.

More Catholic Schools Making The Switch To Classical Curricula

Most schools today are geared toward college and career-readiness. These schools aren’t forming children to be saints, say classical education advocates. A fourth-grader raises her hand to answer a question at Christ the King School in Irondequoit, N.Y., in this 2011 photo. (CNS photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier) (July 18, 2014) Three years ago, Sacred Heart […]

Gabriel Harris and Emilio Quintana pray with their third-grade class before heading out for lunch at St. Ambrose Catholic School, a Notre Dame ACE Academy in Tucson, Ariz., Oct. 23, 2014. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec) See ACE-MODEL Feb. 12, 2015.

Amid School Closures, These Two Elements Lead To Thriving Catholic Schools

To survive, Catholic schools need to embrace what makes them unique, rather than ape their public school counterparts. Summer no longer stretches long and lazy ahead, with the next school year no more than a weakling shade. In a few short weeks, my husband returns to teaching theology at a Catholic high school, and, even […]


Teaching The Faith In Time Of Crisis

It has been a depressing month. A few weeks ago, I had brunch with my brother, a loyal Sunday Catholic. He has a vacation home which he generously offers to our extended family, and during our meal he told me that our college-age grandnephew and his girlfriend had visited. The understanding was that they would […]


For Catholic Schools to Survive, Their Catholicity Must Thrive

We hear a lot about the decline of Catholic schools, but maybe not enough. The numbers are staggering: Catholic school enrollment has declined more than two-thirds in the last 50 years, from 5.2 million to 1.9 million students. Even so, Catholic homeschoolers perceive significant growth in their numbers, with the freedom to explore a vast […]


Girls’ Schools Teachers Instructed Not To Call Students ‘Girls’: Could Offend Transgender Students

NOTE: Members of the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) include Roman Catholic Schools Teachers at a conference for UK girls’ schools last week were instructed to call students “pupils” instead of “girls” so as to avoid offending the gender-confused. A group called Gendered Intelligence made the recommendation at the Summer 2016 Briefing of the Girls’ Schools Association […]


Catholic Religion Teacher Removed, Investigated After Lesbian Couple Complains

Two teens raised by a lesbian couple and attending a Catholic school in Edmonton, Alberta have complained against a religion teacher for allegedly telling the students in class that homosexuals can’t reproduce and that they are not married according to Catholic teaching. The Edmonton Catholic school board has now removed the teacher from the school […]


Parents Must Prepare Themselves For Persecution

From Voice of the Family: The following address was given by John Smeaton, the Chief Executive of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children and co-founder of Voice of the Family, at the annual pilgrimage of the National Association of Catholic Families in Walsingham on 28 May 2016.  In this hard-hitting address John Smeaton outlines […]


Indiana Diocese Says Catholic Teachers Must Uphold Church’s Moral Teachings

From LifeSiteNews Another Catholic bishop has taken steps to reinforce Catholic identity in the schools of his diocese. Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop Kevin Rhoades promulgated “The Mission of Our Catholic Schools and the Importance of Authentic Witness of School Employees,” a seven-page, 16-point statement, on April 3, presenting it to faculty last month in advance […]