Category Archives: Education

Turning Pink With Joy on Gaudete Sunday

Why is one candle not like all the others? Advent and its counterpart, Lent, are seasons of penitence. On the Advent wreath, the three purple candles mark the preparation Christians undergo while awaiting the arrival of Christ on Earth. But, unlike dour Lent, Advent is usually a happy season, full of food, parties, shopping, music [...]

Author of The Exorcist on Catholic Education, Abortion, and Faith

The Washington Post has an interview feature with William Peter Blatty, author of the blockbuster novel The Exorcist, the basis of the equally blockbuster film of the same name.  The occasion of the interview is the 40th anniversary of the release of the film.  Blatty is a serious Catholic, and the interview brings this to [...]

Serenity. Now.

In the science fiction movie Serenity, the follow up to the too-soon-cancelled TV show Firefly, the hero, Captain Mal Reynolds, is being pursued by an assassin (and the entire military), whose job is to protect Mal from discovering secrets he is not supposed to know.  At one point the assassin says to a cornered Mal, [...]

Why Prosecute When You Can Intimidate? Government Bullying 101

Robert Small is a parent in Towson, Md., a Baltimore County town known in the area for the quality of its schools. Several years ago, the district quietly adopted the national Common Core standards, a group of educational “standards” created by the federal government and backed by big industry that have been adopted by governors [...]

What Do Parents Want in a School?

The Thomas B. Fordham institute recently published an interesting study about American parents.  Many education reports focus on test score-based accountability.  This paper is different in that it reports not on schools’ test scores, but on why parents choose the schools they do.  In partnership with Harris Interactive, Fordham has done some valuable market research [...]

Mrs. Cuccinelli: Why is Common Core asking about religion and other personal questions?

“Few people really know what is at stake in this election,” said Teiro Cuccinelli, wife of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli. “It is very important that we elect a governor who recognizes the importance of holding back the tentacles of the federal government.” Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the current Attorney General for Virginia, entered the [...]

Mere Creatures of the State?

This past Thursday, German police forces raided a private home at 8 o’clock in the morning and removed four children from their parents.  According to a report, “The children were taken to unknown locations. Officials ominously promised the parents that they would not be seeing their children ‘anytime soon.’” When the mother tried to hug her daughter [...]

One Test to Rule Them All?

“I gave you the chance of aiding me willingly, but you have elected the way of pain.” – Saruman, The Fellowship of the Ring The state of New York released results of its Common Core-aligned tests recently; scores fell dramatically.  Kentucky has also used Common Core-aligned tests and saw a similar pattern.  Scores on large-scale [...]

Who Needs Subsidiarity: A Primer on Common Core

{Please welcome the first post by guest contributor Eric Wearne. -Ed.} As each new school year comes along, most states are moving further in trying to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  States are voluntarily ceding some of their decision making power over public schools to larger organizations, which has some people excited, and [...]


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