Thursday, September 25, 2008

Catholic Education: Looking to the Future w/ Confidence (Part 2)

This is a continuation from yesterday on my take on the Archbishop's Pastoral Letter on Education.

Part Three: Parish Religious Education

This section discusses the importance religious education, etc. However, the important things, as I see it, are as follows:

- Including learning objectives – what a student should know after a course of instruction. Now, I would have thought that any learning program should have learning objectives, unless they were just faking it or purchasing materials from the Watered-Down Catholic Faith Publishing Company.

- The development of new materials to assist catechists in their work. Makes me wonder how much these materials will be aligned with what the Archbishop has written?

Part Four: Overview of Catholic Schools.

In this, he provides a brief overview, as well as, the mission of Catholic Schools and an overview of them (just some numbers).

In the next session, Where we are today, the Archbishop once again lays out three important conclusions (all of which were mentioned before in the document):

1. An overall and shared vision for Catholic Education in the Archdiocese

2. a strategy to achieve this vision

3. schools to work together towards a more equitable manner of sustaining them across the archdiocese. (Note that this is once again mentioned.)

He then discusses the various initiatives, such as the City Center Consortium, Holy Redeemer and their collaboration with Notre Dame and Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School (in the People’s Republic of Takoma Park), Finally, he mentions St. Pius X Regional School in Bowie as one of those in which the responsibilities for funding are shared.

to be continued...

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