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Catholic Schools Week 2019
This past year, five of our Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton were awarded the coveted National Blue Ribbon School recognition by the United States Department of Education. That is an amazing accomplishment and a source of pride not only for the individual schools themselves – administrators, faculty, staff, volunteers, parish priests, students and families – but for all of us committed to Catholic education. Our Catholic schools have been regularly among those singled out for this recognition but to have five in one academic year is truly awesome!
Each year, the Church in our country dedicates the last week of January to Catholic schools and gratefully lifts them up as one of the most prominent means for the transmission of our Catholic faith to the young. Building upon the foundations established within Catholic families, our Catholic schools partner with them in opening the minds, hearts and souls of the students entrusted to their care to look at the world in a different, fuller, deeper way motivated by our Catholic faith.
Learning “happens” in a Catholic school because teaching puts the student and his/her needs first. There, knowledge and truth are “experienced” by them through the dedication and commitment of professionals who believe in what they teach as a revelation of God’s goodness and love for the world he has created. Religion and all the other academic subjects, integrated and taught so effectively and comprehensively, are a “package deal” in a Catholic school.[…Continue Reading]
Catholic school students enjoy a new paradigm of learning
A message from JoAnn Tier, Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Young children approach life and school with open minds, eager for adventure and new learning. At what point does that enthusiasm change to passiveness or the disconnection often experienced in classrooms?
As an educator, I was perplexed when I experienced this disengagement with my third-grade son. Charlie had a propensity to tune out of class periodically. He would look out the window, watch the contrails of a plane and become lost in thought. My son was a dreamer. The traditional classroom did not appear to hold his interest. How could that creative dreaming be channeled into productive learning?
Fast-forward to college. It was at Lehigh University where my son would focus on his interests, and as an engineering major, be truly challenged as a student. Learning became an insatiable part of his reality as new programs of study motivated him and informed his thinking.
A visit to our son on Lehigh’s campus provided a source of inspiration for me, as well. In one of the ivy-covered, stately buildings was a plaque honoring John J. Karakash, a distinguished professor and dean emeritus in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. It read:
“…Our goal is to produce good people – young men and women who learn to think to the point where thinking is a habit, who have been exposed to and encouraged to develop and live by a set of values, who have developed methods and approaches to the intelligent application of knowledge and last but not least, who accept the virtue of work as a vehicle of service and the will to work as a self-discipline.”
I copied that quote and pondered its wisdom. It summed up a beautiful philosophy for education. A philosophy that is depicted in the effort and work of Catholic school educators … to produce good people … who learn to think to the point where thinking is a habit…[…Continue Reading]