PODCAST #9
Principles for Education Reform in the United States: December 25, 2017

PODCAST #9
Principles for Education Reform in the United States: December 25, 2017

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United States Catholic Conference, 1994

Link to the document Principles for Ed Reform in the US

Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, the Provost for Education, Evangelization and Catechesisin the Archdiocese of Hartford, helps explore the meaning and impact for the US Bishops efforts to insert themselves into the national debate on education in 1994.

STUDY GUIDE & DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Principles for Education Reform in the US (US Bishops, 1994)

  • Reading Questions:
    • 2nd paragraph: what is “filling” the educational experience” of our youth?
    • 4th paragraph: how do the bishops describe the success of Catholic schools?
    • What are the four beliefs pertaining to Section 1?
    • What are the 8 beliefs pertaining to Section 2?
    • What are the 7 beliefs pertaining to Section 3?
    • What are the 8 beliefs pertaining to Section 4?
    • What are the 4 beliefs in Section 5?

 

  • Discussion Questions:
    • In the first and fifth paragraphs, the Bishops point out that the document is not private v. public schools.  Why do you think the Bishops want to get involved?
    • In Section 4, the Bishops point out the importance of professional development.  How important is professional development in your school system?  (Show me your budget, I’ll show you your priorities!)
    • In their argument for school choice, they call for the government to be neutral toward religion.  What does this mean?
    • What is meant by the “common good” argument for Catholic schools?

 

  • Reflection Questions:
    • If serving the “true needs of children” was the highest priority for your school(s), how would that change priorities?
    • List 1-2  quotes that you could pull out from this document to use in your own communication.

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