If you would like more of the same sort of thing, check out The Catholic Woman’s Book of Days. I have a few copies here to sell, as well as the children’s picture books – great for First Communion – and a few copies of Prove It! God. For all that I have in stock, just go here.
For far more substantial and quite good reading, check out this e-book called Thomism for the New Evangelization. The title may not be exactly clickbait, but that’s a feature, not a bug. This little booklet written by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP is easy to read, but so very rich. From a Dominican website: Fr White, who is Director of the Thomistic Institute in Washington DC, offers six reasons why St Thomas Aquinas’s thought, which appeals to the whole human person – mind and heart – provides us with the resources to understand reality and therein to encounter Christ.
I really liked this material, and would definitely use it if I were involved with any sort of catechesis, high school and above.
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That’s far better than Common Core, which is not much more than one more profiteering racket to push on panicked and desperate school systems looking for the Magical Silver Bullet of Learning, but it doesn’t really address the bigger problem (well, a bigger problem) which is the fact that a single model of education for all children is just wrong. Would a Catholic Montessori school be permitted under this model? We need more diversity and flexibility in educational approaches in schools, not less. I mean, I’m not holding up the fly-by-night grabbag approach we operate by here, but the point remains.
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More education news, somewhat local. This really angered me, even though I have nothing to do with this school system. I kept thinking, “What would I do if I were a part of this? I guess…just homeschool or go private.”
Anyway, it’s about the Huntsville (AL) school system – doing away with all paper textbooks. Period. Going full tablet/computer what have you. Maybe, if you’re lucky, you’ll get to keep a classroom set. Or not.
This is such a terrible Idea, and I’m convinced the main beneficiaries are not children, but Pearson Education. She said as she typed on her computer, yes, indeed, but even so, I really do believe that while for some purposes and at decently-managed levels of use, digital media is just fine (and I use it), print and physical books are still very important. There is research that is indicating that retention is better when one reads from a physical book, and it is easy to see why. Words on a screen that disappear with a touch are “nowhere.” When you read, the experience of encountering that information is part of a bigger sensory experience. How many times have you pulled out a piece of information because you remembered where it was on the page? I could probably get more philosophical, but it astonishes me, as a veteran of pedagogical formation which insisted on the importantce of engaging the whole student in learning – including the body -and respecting all types of learning – audio, visual, kinetic – that the model for education is rapidly evolving into one in which kids stare at a screen all day.
This is an editorial, but I thought it made a good point:
I seem to have a musician in the house. Our pianist made the highest score possible in the district piano audition sponsored by the Alabama Music Teachers’ Association, and will play at the state level in a month. Huh.
I’m starting trip planning out loud – to find the entries, just click on this.
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