On the heels of our first Regional Catholic Classical Schools Conference and 5th annual National Conference, the Catholic News Service reports on the growing momentum of the Catholic classical liberal arts movement:
Not only are schools throughout the nation adopting a classical approach to education, but they’re helping others establish classical schools of their own.
The Cardinal Newman Society has published Bishop Conley's plenary at our Denver conference, in which he emphasized the tremendous cultural impact of our work as educators, that we must judge our work according to Truth, not according to secular expectations; and that we must foster wonder through contemplative silence, especially in Eucharistic Adoration:
You teachers and administrators have begun, in a certain sense, a ressourcement in Catholic education today: a return to the sources, history, and patrimony of tradition, and a renewal of Christian culture rooted in the formation of minds and hearts alive in Jesus Christ, alive in faith, and alive in wonder. The impact of that renewal will be astounding.
Click HERE to view the Cardinal Newman Society article.
The Wall Street Journal highlights the advantages for mind, heart and career hundreds of thousands of students are deriving from the study of Latin and Greek:
Some parents wonder if Spanish or Mandarin would be more practical because they are spoken in the world today, but middle school Latin has benefits, especially for students from less-advantaged backgrounds, says Mr. Clausen. It gives them a sense of pride, he says.
Nebraska Senator Warns of ‘Peter Pan Epidemic’: Should Catholics Worry?
Joan Desmond presents reflections from Catholic experts including the Institute's Director on Senator Sasse's new book:
"Seeley, like Sasse, is sharply critical of the outsized impact of standardized tests on classroom time. In their view, teachers spend too much of the school day drilling basic skills, but often miss the big picture: What is an education for?"
April 10, 2017 - Tom Gjelten
NPR - All Things Considered
This NPR article and accompanying radio segment focus on the wonderful community that has formed around St. Jerome Academy and Parish. Many other faith-filled schools have had a similar effect:
“They lived joyful lives, and they attracted converts by the example of their lives," Currie says. “I think that's what we're trying to do, live the way they did. Not live defensively, in sort of a paranoid xenophobic reaction to the rest of society, but to realize that we're all human beings created in the image of God, and to live that life ourselves and share it with our neighbors."
Click HERE to read the transcript or listen to the broadcast.
April 4, 2017 - Leslie Fain
Catholic World Report
ICLE Executive Director Dr. Andrew Seeley interviewed regarding impressions of DeVos as Education Secretary.
Seeley said it would be best if the role of the federal government in education could be reduced, because, as the courts have decided, the government can only be involved in education if it’s secular.
Mary Pat Donoghue, ICLE's Director of School Services was recently featured in Catholic Business Journal:
Mary Pat Donoghue sees teaching and learning as two sides of the same blackboard. As the Director of School Programs for the Institute of Catholic Liberal Education (ICLE), she devotes her life to showing that there is a Catholic way to teach and a Catholic way to learn—both of which include the eternal verities of goodness, truth and beauty as part of the curriculum.
Click HERE to read the full interview.
January 9, 2017 - Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra
The Gospel Coalition
This article details the growth of classical schooling among non-Catholic Christians, particularly highlighting the success of Hope Academy in inner-city Minneapolis:
Hope encourages high parental involvement, which can be hard in the inner-city. “Many schools have decided it’s hopeless to engage the families,” Gregg said, “but we have bucked against that trend and gone to some extraordinary lengths to engage and involve parents.”
Every year teachers visit the home of each child in their class. Parents are required to come to school two Saturdays a year, where they attend workshops on how to support their child’s education. Hope also provides parental report cards to let them know how they’re doing.
Bishop Robert Barron Joins Institute Board
“I want to thank personally Dr. Seeley and Mr. Van Hecke, and particularly Archbishop Gomez, for this opportunity to share in the work of this visionary and exciting organization." Read the full press release here.
Great news from the Archdiocese of Denver.
Any headmaster candidates out there?
"The Office of Catholic Schools has been consulting with the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education in the implementation of the classical model at Frassati Academy. The Institute, headed by Andrew Seeley, Ph.D., works to promote the best and deepest kinds of Catholic education in Catholic schools and colleges, a big part of which is the classical model of education."
Congratulations to the Cardinal Newman Society on the publication of their new Catholic Curriculum Standards. These are a God-send for those schools and school systems that want to assess their entire curriculum under the light of the Gospel and truly freeing educational practices:
“We want to help, to propose a path forward that is more appropriate for Catholic schools than the problematic Common Core and other secular options.” Read more...
Catholic Textbook Project's 2017 Essay Contest