We must believe that his order is open to the human mind, for otherwise there would be no point in trying to find it. In our knowing, loving, and delighting the gift of reality appears to us as ‘something infinitely and inexhaustibly valuable and fascinating.’”35 In seeking to discuss one, the others are naturally and organically brought into the conversation. Demonstrate how history helps us predict and plan for future events using prudence and wisdom gleaned from recognizing previous patterns of change, knowledge of past events, and a richer, more significant, view of personal experiences. New proofs for the existence of God: Contributions of contemporary physics and philosophy. This post-synodol document from the Congregation for Catholic Education focuses on the need for Catholic education to “convey vital values and principles to younger generations” and to “contribute to building the common good” (Introduction). A thing is good to the degree that it enacts and perfects those powers, activities, and capacities appropriate to its nature and purpose. Baglow, C. (2012). This document from the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education begins by stating the importance of all those who work in Catholic schools, “whether as teachers, directors, administrators, or auxiliary staff” (#1). Summarize how literature can reflect the historical and sociological culture of the time period in which it was written and help better understand ourselves and other cultures and times. Education is not just knowledge, but also experience: it links together knowledge and action; it works to achieve unity amongst different forms of knowledge and pursues consistency. By truth we are put in touch with reality, which we find is good for us and beautiful to behold. Great Books better engage higher order thinking skills and enhance student personal development, creativity, and engagement. The school considers human knowledge as a truth to be discovered. strong determination is needed to do everything possible to eliminate conditions which threaten the health of the school climate. Describe how the rich spiritual knowledge communicated through fairy tales, fables, myths, parables, and other stories is a reflection on the truth and development of a moral imagination and the mystery, danger, and wonder of human experience. Mathematics teaches us how to construct these numbers in our mind from the simpler concepts immediately abstracted from reality. Evaluate how Christian social ethics extend to questions of politics, economy, and social institutions and not just personal moral decision-making. Stotsky, S. (2013). It is essential that our parishes and schools be prepared to … How does this reveal God’s graciousness, presence, and transcendence? Student objectives, summarized points, review questions, and quizzes are included for each chapter. 6.01.12 Show belief that Mary was a virgin before and after the birth of Jesus Christ. Analyze how literature helps identify, interpret, and assimilate the cultural patrimony handed down from previous generations. Evaluate the aesthetics (idea of beauty) of different cultures and times to better appreciate the purpose and power of both cultural and transcendent notions of the beautiful. Articulate how spiritual knowledge and enduring truths are represented and communicated through fairy tales, fables, myths, parables, and stories. Share how literature assists in identifying, interpreting, and assimilating the cultural patrimony handed down from previous generations. Gravissimum educationis: Declaration on Christian education. Topics include: What science can and cannot do, The Big Bang Theory and the modern universe, The Borde-Vilenkin-Guth proof for a beginning of ANY universe or multiverse, The evidence for a beginning from entropy, Evidence of supernatural design from fine-tuning of universal constants, A response to atheist’s objections (particularly, Richard Dawkins), A metaphysical proof of God, Evidence of a transphysical soul from near death experiences, Evidence of a transcendent soul from our five transcendental desires, and Atheism, the bible, science, and evolution and aliens. The educational vision for Catholic education must sit within a “philosophical anthropology that must also be an anthropology of truth, i.e., a social anthropology whereby man is seen in his relations and way of being; an anthropology of recollection and promise; an anthropology that refers to the cosmos and cares about sustainable development; and, even more, an anthropology that refers to God” (III). All teachers in Catholic schools share in the catechetical ministry. Christian liberal arts: An education that goes beyond. Beauty for truth’s sake: The re-enchantment of education. The religion standards are designed to promote our Catholic identity and faith in the lives of our students with an emphasis on our creed, sacraments, Christian living, scriptures, liturgy, prayer and history of the Catholic Church, parish life and vocations. Schweitzer, P.A., (2012). He allows no excuse for not properly forming the consciences of young people and states this is well within the Church’s maternal supervision. We oppose relativism, not only because its central dictum “there is no truth” is self-contradicting, but also because in removing objective truths from any analysis, this also removes the possibility of gauging human progress, destroys the basis for human dignity, and disables the ability to make important moral distinctions such as the desirability of tolerance51 and wisdom of pursuing truth, beauty, and goodness as opposed to their opposites of error, ugliness, and sin. Other materials and resources used by teachers are to meet the same standards as textbooks with regard to … Standards that support an appropriate integration should be encouraged. Explanation of the StandardsIntroductionEnglish/Language Arts Grades K-6English/Language Arts Grades 7-12History Grades K-6History Grades 7-12Scientific Topics Grades K-6Scientific Topics Grades 7-12Mathematics Grades K-6Mathematics Grades 7-12Appendix A: Educating to Truth, Beauty, and GoodnessAppendix B: Assessing Non-Cognitive StandardsAppendix C: ELA Resources & Reading ListAppendix D: History ResourcesAppendix E: Science ResourcesAppendix F: Mathematics ResourcesAppendix G: Consultants & ContributorsReferencesReference Tables for StandardsChurch Documents for School Teachers: Annotated Bibliography. The Council also reminds Catholic parents of the duty of entrusting their children to Catholic schools wherever and whenever it is possible and of supporting these schools to the best of their ability and of cooperating with them for the education of their children. This document from the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education was written for families, but it is applicable for educators and administrators overseeing courses on human sexuality in Catholic schools. Avoid an overemphasis on informational texts. It is to foster in students an awareness of the God-given gift of faith and to nurture their development into mature adults who will bear witness to the Mystical Body of Christ; respect the dignity of the human person; lead virtuous, prayerful, apostolic lives; serve the common good; and build the Kingdom of God.1, Through Catholic education, students encounter God’s transforming love and truth.2 With Jesus as its foundation,3 Catholic education integrally forms all aspects of students’ physical, moral, spiritual, and intellectual development, teaching them responsibility and the right use of freedom and preparing them to fulfill God’s calling in this world so as to attain the eternal kingdom in the next.4. Intellectual standards are cognitive standards and are primarily content and performance based. He begins by stating, “It is therefore as important to make no mistake in education, as it is to make no mistake in the pursuit of the last end, with which the whole work of education is intimately and necessarily connected. Exhibit appreciation for the process of discovering meanings and truths existing within the solution of the problem and not just arriving at an answer. p. 159 http://udallas.edu/offices/registrar/_documents/bulletin-2014-2015-final-singles.pdf; Simmons, T., p. 20-21. Catechetical Office of the Holy See (1935). In J. Piderit, & M. Morey (Eds.). Avoid simply selecting currently popular, scandalous, or titillating texts in the hopes of getting the students to read. Encourages a synthesis of faith, life, and culture. Retrieved from http://www.newmansociety.org/Portals/0/Common%20Core/Disconnect%20between%20Common%20Core’s%20Literary%20Approach%20and%20Catholic%20Education’s%20Pursuit%20of%20Truth.pdf, Markey, S. (2014). San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press. The Church and the Catholic intellectual tradition it inspired have thought deeply and explicitly about these things for centuries; the challenge is to place them into a contemporary K-12 standards format without losing these deep spiritual and philosophical insights. Congregation for Catholic Education. What do we know from our senses and reason? Included in this document are several quotes from Familiaris Consortio, one of which is, “Sex education, which is a basic right and duty of parents, must always be carried out under their attentive guidance, whether at home or in educational centers chosen and controlled by them. Catholic educators must possess a “sensitivity with regard to the person to be educated in order to grasp not only the request for growth in knowledge and skills, but also the need for growth in humanity” (#24). Are we looking at this clearly and with our senses and reason properly attuned? However, anyone with an interest in Catholic education may find them useful. Roman Catholicism - Roman Catholicism - Beliefs and practices: The idea of faith shared by all Christian churches is rooted in the New Testament. Compare the right to own private property with the universal distribution of goods and the distribution of goods in a socialist society. Director of the Vatican Observatory. Ditmanson, H., Hong, H., & Quanbeck, W. p.10.. Wyoming Catholic Academic Vision p. 21. http://www.wyomingcatholiccollege.com/data/files/gallery/AcademicDownloadsFileGallery/WCCVision1.pdf, Ave Maria University Academic Catalog p. 80. https://www.avemaria.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Academic-Catalogue-2014-2015_091020141.pdf, Baglow, C., pp. Ave Maria University Academic Catalogue, p. 150. An English language arts curriculum framework for American public schools: A model. Working with other teachers to compile a list of both positive and negative behaviors is the first step toward developing a continuum for observation. The restoration of Christian culture. Preschool 2. Advocate for the pursuit of understanding for its own sake and the intrinsic value or discovery of the true and the beautiful often at the requirement of great sacrifice, discipline, and effort. Grade 3 6. The pedagogy of teaching includes the centrality of the learner within a relationship where teachers are trained and prepared to guide and accompany students toward deeper learning and challenging goals. Grade 1 4. Gaudium et spes: Pastoral constitution on the Church in the modern world. The Pope condemns new methods of instruction based on naturalism, stating that man is both body and soul, with a fallen nature that can be elevated by God’s grace. Teaching the tradition: Catholic themes in academic disciplines. How does this measure up in terms of Catholic morality and virtue? Value the human body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. Introduce students to the great conversations of humanity—especially as those conversations are advanced in literary classics. Teach them to see the beauty and goodness of creation and of man who always retains the Creator’s hallmark. Supplement all science textbooks with biographies of Catholic scientists, such as Copernicus, Mendel, Bacon, St. Albert the Great, and so forth. Of particular interest might be Chapter 5 on the science behind the transcendent soul and Appendix One on a contemporary view of evidence for an Intelligent Creator. Explain how literature assists in transcending the limited horizon of human reality. Spitzer, R. & Noggle, M. (2015). The twofold dimension of Catholic education as enfolding academic instruction with Christian formation is discussed stating, “the integration of religious truth and values with the rest of life” is a responsibility of teachers, because their “daily witness to the meaning of mature faith and Christian living has a profound impact upon the education and formation of their pupils” (p.3). New York, NY: Image Books. Use historical fiction to complement and elaborate on the stories of history. Involves the integral formation of the whole person, body, mind, and spirit, in light of his or her ultimate end and the good of society. Catholic Curriculum Standards K-8 Basic principles which inform all Catholic education in the Schools of the Diocese of Joliet are: All knowledge, in some way, reflects God’s Truth, Beauty and Goodness. Culture is defined as the “particular expression of human beings, their specific way of being and organizing their presence in the world” (Ch. Share how literature cultivates the aesthetic faculties within the human person. The general standards are tied to the five critical elements listed above. Exhibit habits of thinking quantitatively and in an orderly manner, especially through immersion in mathematical observations found within creation. See also Reed and Redden p.94. McKenzie, J. Do more with the text than clinically dissect and disaggregate it. Copyright © 2020 The Cardinal Newman Society. It is important to be explicit about all that is implicit in our instructional efforts and their nature so that we do not lose touch with them or allow them to be sidelined by a culture of constant assessment. Weidenkopf, S. (2009). Examine how history can assist in the acquisition of values and virtues. This is the reference value, in view of which the various academic disciplines are important resources… From this perspective, what is taught is not neutral, and neither is the way of teaching it” (#65). Describe how history begins and ends in God and how history has a religious dimension. It is in this context that the faith witness of the lay teacher becomes especially important. All resources and curriculum materials used in our schools are aligned with the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools and are approved by the Diocese. Three main themes are proposed for Catholic education: message/doctrine (“integration of religious truth and values with life distinguishes the Catholic school from other schools,” #105); community including fellowship, life in Christ, and evangelization (“Building and living community must be prime, explicit goals of the contemporary Catholic School,” #108); and service including the transformation of society (“The experience of Christian community leads naturally to service,” #28). Share Catholic virtues and values (i.e., prudence and wisdom) gleaned from the study of human history to better evaluate personal behaviors, trends of contemporary society, and prevalent social pressures and norms. For this reason, Catholic educators need “a ‘formation of the heart’: they need to be led to that encounter with God in Christ which awakens their love and opens their spirits to others”, so that their educational commitment becomes “a consequence deriving from their faith, a faith which becomes active through love (cf. Display a sense of wonder about mathematical relationships, especially mathematical certitude which is independent of human opinion. Paragraph 259-260 address religious instruction and catechesis within Catholic schools, recalling the emphasis of the Second Vatican Council’s document Gravissimum Educationis on schools as places for evangelization, human formation, and enculturation into the life of Christ. As Catholic educators, we know many of life’s most important things are invisible to the eye and do not lend themselves to the scientist’s tools of measurement. Develop lines of inquiry to understand why things are true and why they are false. Exhibit joy at solving difficult mathematical problems and operations. Kindergarten 3. Demonstrate how historical events and patterns of change help predict and plan for future events. The context is the collaborative, unified learning and teaching environment where care and concern is exhibited between teachers and students; where a wealth of opportunities exist for students to thrive and develop their talents; where the cognitive, affective, social, professional, ethical and spiritual dimensions of the person are all addressed; and where ideas are respected, dialogue is free-flowing, and a rigorous commitment towards truth is found. Explain how mathematics in its reflection of the good, true, and beautiful reveals qualities of being and the presence of God. Contains twelve chapters with supplementary reading, study guide (vocabulary, study questions, and practical exercises) and endnotes. All should continually update methodologies and knowledge of culture, psychology, and pedagogical approaches. What do we know from revelation? The means of Catholic education includes the permeation of religion throughout all subjects and grades of schooling for “…it is necessary not only that religious instruction be given to the young at certain fixed times, but also that every subject taught, be permeated with Christian piety,” because “if this is wanting, if this sacred atmosphere does not pervade and warm the hearts of masters and scholars alike, little good can be expected from any kind of learning, and considerable harm will often be the consequence” (#80). In Catholic education, there is no separation between learning and formation. Instruction and education in a Catholic school must be based on the principles of Catholic doctrine, and the teachers must be outstanding in true doctrine and uprightness of life. Jordan, E. (1934). Retrieved from http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19651207_gaudium-et-spes_en.html, Christendom College, Why mathematics in the liberal arts tradition matters. Sufficient detail is given to the professional and spiritual formation of those working in Catholic schools. Religious Brothers: 174. Evaluate the errors present in the belief system of scientific naturalism or scientism. Renewing the mind: A reader in the philosophy of Catholic education. Exploring great literature on weighty transcendent topics invites rich opportunity for writing assignments: reflective, creative, and analytical. Grade 4 7. 7.F.4 Explain that God is pure, uncreated spirit who … We must also avoid the common trap of assuming that only that which can be quantifiably assessed should be taught or only that which is quantifiable is assessable. What is this thing’s nature? They help unite men across time and culture and are often a delight to explore and discuss, because they are substantive to our very nature. This is a brief follow-up by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (United States) to To Teach as Jesus Did, addressing the present and future state of Catholic education in the United States. Beware of stories that pursue a cultural agenda at odds with a Catholic understanding of human dignity, marriage, or sexuality. Move into authentic “chapter books” and grade level adaptations of classics when possible. (2012). Courses of study are created with the Catholic school mission and philosophy as a guide. The goal is not to generate easy questions for easy answers, but to generate foundational questions for deep inquiry into the value and nature of things, to instill a sense of the intrinsic value of knowledge, and to elicit a sense of wonder. 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