How can you save Catholic schools?

Bob Faw looks at that question in this incisive story for PBS’s “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly” and focuses on two experiments underway in New York and Philadelphia. Check out the story below. Watch Saving Catholic Schools on PBS. See more from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. [Read more...]

Ohio teacher claims she was fired over pregnancy, sues archdiocese

Details:  A former first-grade teacher at Kettering’s Ascension Catholic School is suing the school, Ascension Church and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati in federal court, saying officials discriminated against her a year ago when they fired the unmarried woman after she told the principal about her pregnancy. Kathleen Quinlan of Kettering, who has since [Read More...]

Love lessons: watch this teacher set his class on fire

I’ll be perfectly honest here: I just love this story. Take 12 minutes and watch this beautiful video about a remarkable teacher in Louisville, Kentucky, Jeffrey Wright.   Then read more about him in the New York Times.   I can’t think of anything more inspiring to encounter during the Feast of the Holy Family.  Here [Read More...]

A novel idea for Christmas

How kids at one Catholic high school in Bloomington, Illinois are learning—and giving: Connor Sheehan, a high school student writing a children’s book, could picture himself as the next Dr. Seuss. Sheehan, 16, is becoming an author and illustrator as part of his Central Catholic High School sophomore English class. His assignment: to write a [Read More...]

“You can’t be a Democrat and go to heaven”

Really? That statement, scrawled by a teacher on a classroom whiteboard, is the center of a small firestorm in Kentucky. Details: South Laurel County High School teacher Kendra Baker is drawing complaints from parents and students after she wrote, “You can’t be a democrat and go to heaven.” Superintendent Doug Bennett told the Sentinel-Echo that [Read More...]

Great moments in academia: Fordham slams Ann Coulter, welcomes Peter Singer

Details: Late last week, the College Republicans announced on Facebook that they would be having Ann Coulter as their fall speaker, and they created a Facebook for the event. Well, as Ann Coulter does draw a strong response from both sides, there were many angry responses directed at the College Republicans for inviting such a [Read More...]

Fordham Republicans cancel appearance by Ann Coulter, as school president slams invitation

Salon has details, including the two statements, reprinted below: The College Republicans, a student club at Fordham University, has invited Ann Coulter to speak on campus on November 29. The event is funded through student activity fees and is not open to the public nor the media. Student groups are allowed, and encouraged, to invite [Read More...]

World’s oldest active teacher is a Jesuit

Details:  Guinness World Records has honored a Jesuit with the record of world’s oldest active teacher. Jesuit Father Geoffrey Schneider, hailing from Sydney, Australia, turns 100 in December. But you wouldn’t know it from looking at him. “When I ask the students to guess my age, they usually say 70,” says Fr. Schneider, who teaches [Read More...]

School district orders football team to remove cross from logo

Details: A Wisconsin school district has ordered a joint public-private school football team to change its logo – in the middle of the season — after a lone parent said the inclusion of a bishop’s hat and cross was a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Martin Lexmond, superintendent of the Shorewood School District, told Fox [Read More...]

Jewish players on Catholic high school teams?

Oh yeah.  It may be the ultimate Hail Mary pass (once you remember, of course, that Mary was a good Jewish girl…) Details, from the Los Angeles Times:  It still seems a little strange when the starting quarterback at a Catholic high school is Jewish, but in reality, it has been happening so often that [Read More...]