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

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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Unnecessary Roughness: How Dumb was Britt McHenry?

Saw people talking about this story on Twitter, and didn't think much about it; some woman had a non-work-related rant and got suspended for a week from her job? I tossed off a joke about "wimmen being kept in line" or something and forgot about it, until I visited Hot Air and actually saw the video.Holy Smokes!Hey, I understand people who are in stressful situations not putting their best self forward -- it happens to all of us. But Britt McHenry is just unnecessarily nasty and personal … [Read more...]

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Thinking Outside the Box on Catholic Religious Education – UPDATED

Joanne McPortland posted only two pieces in all of January, but they were both hum-dingers.Yesterday, she dared to ask "What is really wrong with Catholic Religious Education" and then answered her own question with: "just about everything". In fact, she says we're catechizing "the wrong damn people!". . .part of the reason the adult formation classes and workshops we do offer are so poorly attended—adult catechesis just not a part of our regular expectation and structure. And a … [Read more...]

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The New School: Saving Education from Itself

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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Two Extraordinary Moments Where a Single Hand Gesture Tells the Whole Story

Twice today I have been very moved to come across gloriously beautiful -- dare I say transcendent -- images, where the poignancy of the moment was movingly emphasized by the small unconscious movement of a single hand.First, thanks to Deacon Greg, I saw the La Stampa photo of Pope Francis kissing a man so seriously disfigured that most of us would likely find him difficult to look at, and would turn away.Everyone is looking at this picture, and it is, indeed, breath-taking.But … [Read more...]

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“A Very Safe Place” in a world so thin of them…

The value of a musical education begun during the early years of childhood has been well-documented; students who are exposed to musical instruction while young tend to do better in math and language arts and -- more importantly -- they develop a musicality that will remain with them for as long as they choose to use it, and can always be re-gained. At a recent family event our sons brought out a guitar, a uke, a mandolin and (and a fiddle for a guest) and it was kind of delightful to have a … [Read more...]

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I love this book!

I haven't read The Bible Tells Me So, yet; I never even heard about it until this week. But I love it, because Lisa Mladinich has written so entertainingly about it, and about the fellow behind it!It's the beginning of the catechetical year on a warm Wednesday evening in September, and a noisy crowd of raw recruits has just shuffled in and slumped into chairs, worn out from a long day at school.Before they can droop any further, he engages."Hey y'all, welcome to 6th grade … [Read more...]

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Are sensitivity and tolerance one-way streets? – UPDATED

I read this story over at Deacon Greg's earlier today and it annoyed me but I was too busy to write about it. My first thought was, "so, you friends at Catholic high school have supported you as you came out and by your own admission, always been respectful, and the school was fine about your bringing a boyfriend to prom, and you're going to reward them by making commencement all about you? Why all the taking and no giving?"I think you do nothing to build goodwill when you say, "your … [Read more...]

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2 Sexes, 60 Saints Each, 2 Questions – UPDATED

For reasons that are not worth going into-- at least not yet -- I have a question for the Catholic Moms and Dads out there -- particularly those of you who home-school, or take main responsibility for your child's religious formation or teach catechism, yourself.The question is, are you familiar with these out-of-print books?Sixty Saints for GirlsSixty Saints for BoysSecondly, if'n you are familiar with the books, do you like them? If so, why?If not, I'd really … [Read more...]

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Haiti, Two Years Later

Currents, the daily Catholic news program produced by the Diocese of Brooklyn, observes the second anniversary of Haiti's devastating earthquake by interviewing Father Jean Moise Delva who, sadly, reports that not much has changed."It was very sad to see the atmosphere, and the way people are living," Father Delva says. Noting that 2.38 billion dollars have been spent he notes the difficulty in distributing aid. Haitians have seen almost no building connected to that expenditure. More than … [Read more...]

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