The Diocese of Green Bay and the Green Bay Area Catholic Education system recently announced plans to create a new school that will use a Catholic classical curriculum, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette.
The school, which will likely open for the 2015-2016 academic year, would include “in-depth study of the traditional works of the Western world and the great works of Christendom.” The Gazette reports:
“The goal is to develop complete thinkers who learn to draw on faith and reason together for the purpose of building up the church and society,” [Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay reportedly said] at a press conference. This specific kind of education is “very ancient, but very new.”
Critical thinking skills are based on the Greek philosophers, especially the Socratic method, which emphasizes objective truth, according to GRACE [the largest Catholic school system in Wisconsin] president Dane Radecki. Latin, as well as modern language, are introduced in middle school.
About 43 percent of those showing interest are home-schooled; 30 percent are in GRACE schools and 20 percent attend public schools, Radecki said.The goal is to have about 18 to 22 students per classroom.
Classical Catholic education has been on the rise in recent years. In February, The Cardinal Newman Society reported on a Catholic school in Colorado that nearly had to close after 95 years of existence, but now is finding success in its newly adopted classical curriculum. And in March, it was reported that plans are in place for three more Catholic classical schools drawing heavily on the works of Catholic author G.K. Chesterton.
Catholic Education Daily is an online publication of The Cardinal Newman Society. Click here for email updates and free online membership with The Cardinal Newman Society.