Bullying: What happens when a student refuses to accept his school’s blatant promotion of the homosexual lifestyle.

The message may be unfolded thus. If you do not wear this shirt, or if you do not approve of the life it celebrates, you are evil. You’re a bully. You want people like Tyler Clementi to die. The superintendent, but not the court, notes that Glowacki was held up to opprobrium in the classroom.

Neither the superintendent nor the court expresses any concern about the massive contradiction that McDowell could order a student to remove a belt buckle because it might create a hostile environment for some other students, while not noticing that the entire school bristles with hostility against Catholics, evangelical Protestants, orthodox Jews, and anybody else who holds that sexual intercourse is to be bound within marriage, between a man and a woman.

Which brings me to my second point. If I hire a man to teach my son economics, I’d be shocked to learn that he’d been using his position to run down my faith. Granted that students, because of their age and the special circumstances, do not possess complete freedom of expression in school, it is equally true that teachers and schools must not capitalize upon their strength, their numbers, and their separation from the home, to advocate what is essentially a religion, with its (peculiar and incoherent) set of universal demands and condemnations.

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If Catholic schools were factories, the end product would be lukewarm Catholics.

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A “theologically orthodox”
Catholic school teacher sounds off

I could recount many nightmarish stories of how most of the Catholic school educators and administrators I have encountered have been men and women of little or no faith in Christ and Church. Even in the religion departments it is common to encounter ex-nuns who feel the Church is in sin because they can’t be priests, homosexual men who are more interested in defending the lifestyle than in teaching the straight Catholic faith, and a range of those who are in dissent on some or another important Catholic doctrine.

If there are problems of personnel inside the Religion departments, the other disciplines are almost completely immersed in doing exactly what they would be doing in a public school. I have often wondered what small percentage of Catholic high school teachers actually like the Catholic Church? It is obvious that in hiring these folks, the biggest unspoken question is not “Are you enthusiastic about your Catholic faith?” but “Can you tolerate pretending to be on board with the Catholic stuff you will encounter from time to time here?”

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Novel idea: Bishop Says Catechism Teachers Must Affirm and Believe Catholic Doctrine.

Our policy requires us to do criminal background checks on everyone who has any contact with children. So also, I wanted anyone who taught the faith or who is held up as a public witness for the faith—such as lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, cantors, and catechists—to attest to the fact that they affirm and believe the basic teachings of the Church as found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This includes declaring such things as: I believe in God, the virgin birth, the existence of purgatory, the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. I also accept the Church’s moral teachings, such as the evil and sinfulness of contraception, homosexual activity, and adulterous behavior.

It’s a Creed, yet it adds what I consider to be those important moral issues some Catholics seem to have the impression they can openly and publicly dissent from without any kind of consequence.

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Teachers unions have to be “nuts” to reject armed guards for schools – unless they’re just playing high risk politics, for “the cause”.

By Doug Lawrence

It’s been long enough after the Sandy Hook shootings for some clarity to begin to prevail, and at least some of the facts are now clear:

Teachers as well as students were victims of the shooter.

No one at the school was prepared or otherwise equipped to defend against such an attack, and the shooter probably knew it.

Based on the shooter’s suicidal response to the eventual arrival of help, even the most rudimentary form of armed, professional security may have served to minimize or totally prevent  the Sandy Hook attack, as well as others. 

In light of this, it’s clear that specially trained armed guards at schools would serve as a substantial deterrent to attackers … armed or otherwise … and given the huge education budget, along with high level of wasteful spending already going on, pleading a lack of funds simply won’t cut it.

So why is the Obama administration, with the full support of the teacher’s unions, rejecting the idea of armed guards in schools, in favor of  just another ineffective form of gun control?

Politics!

The left certainly wants more gun restrictions, and they are using the events at Sandy Hook as leverage in that quest. Once they have achieved as much as possible in that regard, they can always take the next logical step and quickly provide for the armed security that will protect both teachers and students, alike.

So what if a few more teachers and students have to die, in the mean time? Gun control … not school safety … is obviously the real issue … and sacrifices have to be made, for the cause! 

Catholic schools have become inexpensive private schools for middle class people who have little or no interest in the Catholic faith.

We may have a few parish schools still plugging along, but are they Catholic? It seems that all we have left to us is the threadbare cousin. All our resources and energies go to maintaining the private school in the building next to the church. While the world is starving for Christ, we are giving them bingo and bratwurst, raffles and dinner dances, all to keep the school going.

“But,” I can hear you say, “this is our major form of evangelism!” Aren’t you paying attention? The few kids from our schools who go to church don’t go because the school has converted them. They go because they have parents dedicated enough to bring them every Sunday, even in summer. Even in soccer season. Those kids may end up Catholic, not because they went to our schools and religious education programs, but because their parents were the first and best of teachers.

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Traditional sister: “Because we wear a visible sign of our consecration to Christ, students are less likely to misbehave around us and more likely to take what we say seriously.”

The sisters were as classic in their attitude about behavior and belief as in their attire. Yet, they were as youthful in approach – incorporating the latest technology into lesson plans – as they were in age, the average for the 116 members of their order, established in 1997, being 28 years.

They had neither boyfriends nor bank accounts – a “shock” to some of their adolescent charges – professing vows of chastity, poverty and obedience.

They personified goodness but portrayed a wicked sense of humor.

“At first, I didn’t know what to expect, but as I got to know them, I found they were kind, trustworthy, tough but fair and a lot of fun,” said junior Tarantino of San Rafael. “And when they say, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ it really means something!”

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Teacher’s strike welcomes new Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput

“It was the biggest rejection of a contract I have ever seen that I can remember,” Paul Pedlow, a veteran English teacher at Archbishop Ryan, said after results of the secret ballot were announced Tuesday by the Association of Catholic Teachers, Local 1776.

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Teachers at Catholic schools ill-prepared for their jobs, says president of Catholic Education Institute

Catholic schools aren’t Catholic enough and are failing in their mission because teachers are not adequately prepared for their special role, the president of the Catholic Education Institute told attendees at a recent three-day conference at Marin Catholic High School.

“For teachers preparing to work in Catholic elementary or high schools, most [Catholic colleges and universities] offer little that is specifically Catholic,” Jesuit Fr. John Piderit told participants at the second annual ‘Substantially Catholic’ conference at Marin Catholic, the archdiocesan newspaper Catholic San Francisco reports.

“‘Why is this important for administrators?” asked Father Piderit’s colleague Melanie Morey, senior director of research at the institute,” continued the Catholic San Francisco story. ‘Every year you bring young faculty into your schools’ and they are by and large unprepared to teach specifically as Catholics, she said.”

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Michael Voris responds to a Catholic college student’s email.

First ..the email ..

“Hello!  I am writing on behalf of a few of my friends who go to [a university].

I first want to thank you for the work you guys do.  The information that you provide in your videos has helped my few friends and I begin the conversion process of some protestants.  I really want to express my gratitude for this.

However, we have a huge problem.  The Newman Center on campus is such a problem for all Catholics here.  For example, one of our priests here preaches about being a “flexible” Catholic.

Another priest tells students that their sexual activity on campus is okay.  My friends and I went to this workshop on developing a relationship with God.  These old women there spent time discussing about how the Church “is not black and white” and “has many in-consistencies.”

This was all being taught by the Director of Religious Education at the parish!  My friends and I knew it was bad, but we had no idea.  The reason why I am writing this is because I don’t know what to do.

The spiritual damage to all of the students who go the the Newman Center is sickening and saddening.  What should we, as faithful Catholics, do besides just pray?  We pray for things to change all the time, but on a more active role what can we do to help change the situation?

Thank you so much.  The work you do is amazing.  I pray for this ministry every day!

God bless you!”

Read Michael’s response (PDF)

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Bishop Morlino of the Diocese of Madison, on the Wisconsin union standoff

… To the documents quoted by Archbishop Listecki I would also offer a quotation from the encyclical of Pope John Paul II, Laborem Exercens*, which gives us even more “food for thought” on this matter:

“Just efforts to secure the rights of workers who are united by the same profession should always take into account the limitations imposed by the general economic situation of the country. Union demands cannot be turned into a kind of group or class ‘egoism,’ although they can and should also aim at correcting — with a view to the common good of the whole of society — everything defective in the system of ownership of the means of production or in the way these are managed. Social and socioeconomic life is certainly like a system of ‘connected vessels,’ and every social activity directed towards safeguarding the rights of particular groups should adapt itself to this system.

“In this sense, union activity undoubtedly enters the field of politics, understood as prudent concern for the common good. However, the role of unions is not to ‘play politics’ in the sense that the expression is commonly understood today. Unions do not have the character of political parties struggling for power; they should not be subjected to the decision of political parties or have too close links with them. In fact, in such a situation they easily lose contact with their specific role, which is to secure the just rights of workers within the framework of the common good of the whole of society; instead they become an instrument used for other purposes.”

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*Click here to read Laborem Exercens on the Vatican website

National Education Association (NEA) promotes communism in YOUR schools

From coast to coast, news stories abound about communist indoctrination in U.S. schools. For example, the New York Times recently reported that a teacher working at Beacon High School in New York City had pictures of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro on the walls of his classroom, took students on a field trip to Cuba, and bluntly admitted to the school principal that he’s a communist. And Fox News recently reported that students at Black Pine Circle School in Berkeley, California created a mosaic that included symbols of communism and a prediction that “capitalism will fail.”

Students in California are sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo while students around the country are allowed to wear T-shirts with images of Che Guevara, the communist revolutionary and mass murderer.

American children are not being taught that Alinsky’s “paradise of communism” has never shown up. They are not learning that the world’s greatest famines and mass murders have occurred under communist regimes.

And the NEA wants to keep it that way.

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Teachers and prayer in the classsroom

Let me see if I’ve got this right.

You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning.

You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride…

You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job.

You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass the final exams.

You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Spanish or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.

You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.

You want me to do all this and then you tell me ….

I CAN’T PRAY?

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Deficiencies in Public Education

My son came home from the first day of school last year and told me that his social studies teacher had announced to the class that he was a passionate liberal and he hoped that there were a lot of conservative students in class because he liked to debate them. When I emailed this teacher to ask if my son had understood him correctly, I received an angry denial in return.

When I was in this teacher’s classroom for Parent Orientation Night last September, I noticed several posters on the walls: one of Malcolm X, four of organized labor, three posters of Che Guevara, and one of Chairman Mao. If these posters of historically important figures had been balanced with posters of historically important conservative figures, there would be no problem. But they were no posters of conservative men or women. This teacher’s posters clearly were not intended to educate students about history but to announce the philosophical and political viewpoints of the teacher — a paid public servant.

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Islam indoctrination in U.S. textbooks allows teachers to force students to “be” Muslim

ISLAM INDUCTION IN OUR TEXTBOOKS

Houghton Mifflin’s “Across the Centuries” underwent multiple revisions led by Nader F. Darehshori, CEO, previously a school teacher in Iran. In the Islam section among other practices, our children are asked to assume they are Muslim soldiers. In the Jewish section, the ONLY imagination practice is to imagine they are with the Jews when they were conquered and forced to live away from their homeland. In the Christian section, the ONLY imagination practice was to imagine being in the buried catacombs of the dead Christians. (Christians/body of Christ back in the tomb, how symbolic).

For a while, Houghton Mifflin posted denials that the Council of Islamic Education contributed to the textbook. But then articles quoting Abigail Jungreis, Editorial Director of HM were found on Muslim sites applauding their input, especially information about the Crusades…so for the Christian section our children are given the Crusades from the Muslim perspective. Meanwhile the Islam section states:

  1. “In fact, the very first word the angel Gabriel spoke to Muhammad was recite.” (in fact?)
  2. “These revelations confirmed both Muhammad’s belief in one God, and his role as the last messenger in a long line of prophets sent by God.”
  3. “Muhammad’s revelations occurred from 610 until his death…”
  4. “The Quran is the final revelation, just as Muhammad is the final prophet.”
  5. “Ramadan is a holy time, because in this month Muhammad received his first message from Allah.”
  6. “Arabic lettering had a special significance for Muslims, because it was used to write down God’s words as they had been given to Muhammad.”
  7. “The courtyard and Mosque allowed Muslims to feel Allah’s invisible presence whether they were inside or outside the Mosque.”
  8. “This caliph, Muslims realized, could not give the same kind of spiritual leadership as Muhammad had. The new caliph would not be the prophet of Allah, as Muhammad had been.”

HM denied implying acceptance of Muhammad’s mission as the prophet when a section was headed with “THE LIFE OF THE PROPHET” and listed him as prophet 42 times!

To the average Christian, facts about Jesus in the Christian section seem merely watered down. But if you study Islam you would realize that what is written about Jesus is what Islam believes about Jesus.

These are some of the reasons that Texas has taken a stand about curriculum. Texas is the 2nd largest block in the market and textbook publishers listen. But California is number one and is currently passing laws blocking Texas changes. I urge everyone to contact your state legislators and ask them to do to California what California has done to Texas. Let the textbook publishers know your state condemns the insanity that California has imposed. Do not let California remain on the throne of public education. I live in California. For the love of God, protect your children.

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The education paradox

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LET ME BE SURE I UNDERSTAND……..?

 After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective
teacher said:  ‘Let me see if I’ve got this right:

 “You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct
their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor
their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a
love for learning.

You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and
sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and
personal pride.

You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship,
sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a
checkbook, and apply for a job..

You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of
antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass the final exams.

You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless
of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents in
English, Spanish or any other language, by letter, telephone,
newsletter, and report card.

You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a
bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that
qualifies me for food stamps.

You want me to do all this and then you tell me … I CAN’T PRAY?”

Submitted by Doria2