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Bob Laird

Bob Laird
Newman Society Reports From Rome: Analysis of Education World Congress Day 3
Dr. Guernsey, Mr. Laird and other representatives of The Cardinal Newman Society were in Rome for the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education’s “Educating Today and Tomorrow: A Renewing Passion” World Congress. Here they reflect on the third day of the Congress, reporting from Castel Gandolfo overlooking Lake Albano in Italy.

“When we reflect back on Gravissimum [Educationis], very clearly it states that the teachers are almost entirely responsible for the fulfillment of the mission of a Catholic school. They are ground zero. They are where the action happens, and so we need to make sure our teachers have special qualities of mind and heart. And Gravissimum goes on to encourage the teachers to let them know how important it is, and how important that they model, both with their lives and their actions, the Gospel.”

Catholic University Affirms Policy Respecting Catholic Sexual Teaching
"Our teaching, of course, is that that relationship [should] be a product of exclusive love between two married people," said Lawrence J. Morris, the university's general counsel and a retired Army colonel.

Common Core Partnership Reveals Growing Impact on Curricula
Common Core curriculum giant Pearson has announced a partnership with Bill Gates’ Microsoft, providing more evidence that the Gates-funded Common Core State Standards are being used to dictate school curricula.

Common Core’s ‘National Standard’ Threatens Autonomy, Religious Freedom, Says Education Policy Expert
Faith-based schools are threatened by the national scope of the Common Core State Standards, which “will negatively affect the autonomy of these schools, chipping away at the religious freedom enjoyed by faith-based schools.” 

Common Core at Odds with Classical Catholic Education, Says Educator
Dr. Andrew Seeley, executive director of the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education, finds that the Common Core State Standards are inconsistent with Catholic schools’ roots in classical education.

‘Naked’ Common Core Exposed by Catholic Education Leader
In a report, Dan Guernsey tackles the Common Core’s English language arts standards, which induce schools to place greater emphasis on informational reading instead of classical literary texts.



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