Category Archives: Education

What’s at the heart of a college’s program?

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a conservative-leaning foundation for educational issues, has put out a worthwhile report examining the core curricula of 100 leading colleges and universities in the U.S. The “core curriculum” in most institutions is the part of the undergraduate program that promises to provide a well-rounded education and introduce students to the essentials of learning that they need in order to be a well-educated person.
ACTA set out a list of subjects that an ideal program would include, and found that

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Back when you could do this in public schools

In North Hampton, New Hampshire, the second grade acted out the Nativity story from the Gospels, for a Christmas pageant in 1965. Karen, poor thing, (“The Angel”) looked great in her wings, and made her first entrance, but gave her second-entrance speech, causing us to leapfrog over a big chunk of the script.
There was no turning back: we were suddenly post-partum, and hands swiftly brought out the Christ Child and popped him into the manger. So the teacher shooed me (Wise Man #2) and my colleagues

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On meeting Küng and von Hildebrand

Prof. Michael Healy (Philosophy, Steubenville) recalls two guest lectures held during his student days at Loyola: encounters with Hans Küng and Dietrich von Hildebrand that moved him to shun the era’s fashionable embrace of heresy and to rejoice in the truths that can be known about man and God.

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Pope to Jesuits:

What conclusions can we draw from Pope Benedict’s address to the Jesuit-run Gregorian University?
First of all, there is real conflict between the worldly culture’s idea of the good and the true good of man, which is found in God:

“Today,” he continued, “we cannot fail to take account of the confrontation with secular culture, which in many parts of the world tends … not only to deny all signs of God’s presence in the life of society and of individuals, but, with various means that

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We’re educators; it’s OK if we do it

This isn’t going to help Apopka, Florida’s reputation as a place where stupidity reigns in public life: school teachers put eighth-graders through an abusive day-long demonstration of discrimination.
Apparently it’s OK for teachers and administrators to subject children to unjust treatment if they’re doing it for a “progressive” purpose. I thought this sort of experiment was a fad that ended in the ’70s, but officials in Florida still need to get some education themselves about Ethical Restrictions on Human Experimentation. To start with, experimenting on people

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