Snowflake Students: “We’re Too Fragile To Be Educated!”

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I'm out of here for the day -- back to transcribing my book -- but wanted to leave this here because it's just horrific. Indoctrinating professors aside, can real teachers even dare to teach, anymore, with all of these little snowflakes melting around them and incapable of handling anything without being "triggered"? Do they know that life itself is one giant trigger after another, if you indulge yourself?I have a great fear that if this mindset is permitted to continue, we will find … [Read more...]

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Dear Graduate, about that college experience before you…

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As I am still grappling with a deadline, I hope guestblogger Fr. Mike gives you, and perhaps your college-bound teen, something to think and talk about:by Michael P. Walsh, MMMy dear Graduate;Congratulations on your graduation, etc. Here is some money; spend it however you like.And here is some advice; take it for whatever it’s worth:I understand you’ll be going to a university soon. Here’s something you may learn fairly quickly, as I did: many university professors a … [Read more...]

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Scott Walker and the MSM’s Fake Respect for Credentials

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Well, the hacks are back.They've been mostly quiet, since 2008, but the 2016 election is looming, so preferred narratives are unfolding, Alinsky-esque choosing and isolating of subjects is beginning, as we see with the sudden (and laughably clumsy, yes, hackish) obsession with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. The New York Times' Gail Collins is leading the charge with her dull machete, declaring "Scott Walker needs an eraser", in part because he referred to a gifted educator as a "teacher of … [Read more...]

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Fearful Christians at Duke Will Make Secularists’ Job Easier

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"Tolerance" as a concept has been so thoroughly bastardized by agendists using the word as a silencing cudgel, that I think many have forgotten what it is actually about: "putting up with" each other, in peace.Tolerance requires not that we "celebrate and support" each other, but merely that we make some room to let the gal or guy next to us -- regardless of what they believe -- live out their lives. Misuse of the word has sullied it and created such a disconnect between action and meaning … [Read more...]

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A culture of priestly vocation on campus

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Dr. Timothy Muldoon is an award-winning author and Catholic theologian. He is a researcher in Catholic higher education in the Division of University Mission and Ministry at Boston College, and a frequent lecturer, speaker, and retreat leader in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is also a contributing writer here at Patheos. He writes with some very heartening news as Boston College and CARA release a newly-commissioned study on College Experience and the Priesthood. For further … [Read more...]

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Supposed to be teaching, “I feel like I’m babysitting!”

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The email was a cry from the heart from someone who really wanted to do the right thing:Dear Anchoress,I was asked to teach CCD to third graders making their First Reconciliation and First Communion. I am not a teacher. . .but having coached CYO (10-12-year-olds), and also having children (now adults), I agreed.I have been trying since September to "get into it." I prepare each week, sometimes for over a few hours. There are eleven kids in the class. They mostly show up, [but] if … [Read more...]

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Boom!: Patheos Catholic Bloggers Call for Um…Revolution! UPDATED

Yes, Revolution. It all started with Joanne McPortland, who we know is completely subversive. She wrote "What's Really Wrong with Catholic Religious Education? Everything!":Bad Catechesis has been an integral part of our tradition for a lot longer than 40 years, and it still goes on. Our seeming inability to form Catholics who understand and embrace the basics of the Faith is not the fault of Vatican II or goofy textbook publishers or ill-equipped religious ed volunteers. It’s not even the f … [Read more...]

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The New School: Saving Education from Itself

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The Federal Reserve also found that those with student loan debt were less likely to purchase houses or cars than those without student loans. This isn't surprising. [Such debt] doesn't encourage people to live large. But with young people traditionally being a major source of demand in both the housing and auto markets, two areas deemed important to economic recovery and prosperity -- buying first houses and first cars and then moving up to something fancier every few years -- this burden is … [Read more...]

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“What was Auschwitz?” “I don’t know…”

No rant here, just clear demonstration of our terrifying ignorance and disconnection from our recent past:Questioner: What was the Holocaust? American College Student: Um...I'm on the spot.Questioner: Which country was Adolf Hitler the leader of? American College Student: I think it's Amsterdam?Questioner: What was Auschwitz? American College Student: I don't know.Questioner: What were the Nuremburg Trials? American College Student: I don't know.Questioner: How many Jews … [Read more...]

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Worst. Fairy Tale. Ever. Also, the woman on the bed…UPDATED

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So, people have been asking me what I think about the Common Core curriculum and seriously, the little research I've done, it doesn't look so bad. I see that grammar, after taking a hit these last two decades, is back on the menu, so that's good. They should bring back civics, too, but I know they won't.That fairy tale above you see above, though, --a "core curriculumn aligned" worksheet that recently turned up in a Long Island elementary school -- bothers me, because it's just so damned … [Read more...]

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