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by Marianna Bartold
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The Roman Catholic Church
infallibly teaches us through many means, one being the
"Ordinary Magisterium." Encyclicals of the Church fall into
that category. So it is through an encyclical that we know the
four marks or cornerstones of a Catholic education are these:
that the teachers, organization, text and
syllabus "...must be under the direct and
maternal supervision of the Church" (from the encyclical
Divini Illus Magistri, 1929 - Christian Education of
Youth). This same encyclical also reiterates that religion
must permeate the curriculum.
This means the whole
methodology should follow the tried-and-true methods of
authentic, traditional Catholic education in all aspects.
Let's take a look at each point!
In marriage, both by divine and natural law, parents are
teachers. As parents and teachers who want to obey the
Church, we must know Her traditional teachings on marriage,
education, and family life. We start with our spiritual
lives and so we must live the sacramental life. We must be
practicing Catholics. This does not mean only attending
church on Sundays and holy days of obligations. Each of us
must think and act and believe as a Catholic, in every
circumstance, every day.
When it comes to the
educational books, magazines or any other resources for your
homeschool, be on guard for the We can Catholicize it
mentality. Catholic homeschooling is a way of life, in
addition to being a method of education. It takes more than
reasoning skills, excellent as those are. Too much faith in
one's own reason can lead to pitfalls.
Know that it isn't easy to
"Catholicize" material containing false information, like
history texts that glorify the
Reformation, or math
books and unit study
helps that use Scripture quotes from a non-Catholic
We should be wary of those
who try to tell us that "anything we find in a book or
resource that is true and beautiful is Catholic." Today, that
basic truth is often twisted to advocate, allow, promote, and
excuse the heavy use of secular and/or allegedly "Christian"
resources in Catholic homeschooling. Catholicism is
Graces give us supernatural
gifts. Only Catholic books (history, literature, etc.) address
- Within the context of the encyclical Christian Education
of Youth, organization means two
things: the establishment or the society of the school
and its order, design or
way of implementation. Therefore, the organization of the
Catholic homeschool will imitate those excellent
examples given by traditional Catholic teaching methods used
through the centuries. The order, design and schedule of a
Catholic homeschool shall also follow the same good
The Church has always
preferred the systematic, methodical, and cyclical approach to
education. The Church, our Mother, is like a living human
mother who teaches her children what is good for them and why
it is good for them. The Church understands our disordered
human nature which is inclined to say, These things are just
recommendations. It is more than that - it is a matter of right and
Many of us are highly
offended when we first hear that the teachings on authentic
Catholic education are not mere guidelines or a pick-and-
choose options. These teachings are mandatory for faithful,
obedient Catholics. Following our own inclinations in
education result, at the very least, from lack of knowledge.
At the very worst, it is a matter of our own natures, weakened
and made stubborn by the stain of Original
CATHOLIC TEXT AND
SYLLABUS - Abandoning the primary objective and
use of Catholic materials is dangerous for the Catholic
homeschooling family. We should learn our lesson from the
many Catholic schools which went from using Catholic text -
to diluted Catholic text and, finally, to secular text. They
abandoned the truth that the teaching,
the whole organization of the school, its teachers, syllabus
and textbooks must be thoroughly
One by one, these schools
discarded each of these four pillars of
Catholic education. They erroneously believed that the
teachers' methods and actions would be enough to provide a
Catholic education. Slowly they abandoned the use of an
entirely Catholic curriculum. Next to go was the regular
practice of morning prayers, daily Mass, and the noon Angelus.
Catholic homeschoolers must be careful not to make the same
As Fr. Belisarius, a priest
who counsels and assists at Seton Home Study School, observed,
"A note is in order here about Catholic books. This subject
has become something of a bone of contention in the
Catholic homeschooling movement. Sometimes they have
glitches but that is all they are - small blemishes on a
beautiful face. Some Catholics books may not be as fetching as
'neutral' books, but there is no such thing as a neutral
book for a child."
FINDING CATHOLIC RESOURCES
The easiest place to find
authentic Catholic materials is through the Catholic home
study programs. You might want to seriously consider enrolling
your children with one of them. If this is not possible for
financial or other reasons, don't forget to inquire about
scholarships. One Catholic homeschool, for example, offers
scholarships to children, based on certain financial
Remember the Catholic
curriculum providers also welcome homeschooled students to
enroll in one or two courses rather than the entire program.
If you choose not to enroll your children in the complete
programs available, do yourself a favor and purchase books
from Catholic home study programs first. This will help you
customize and design your own Catholic curriculum. It will
also provide the funds to these curriculum providers who were
and still are the first in their desire to serve
Catholic homeschoolers. Our financial support helps
them develop, write and produce more Catholic text and
resources. Don't forget to ask the Catholic home study
programs for their catalogs as well as enrollment
Please prayerfully consider
using the services of both the small and large authentic
Catholic businesses which cater specifically to Catholic
homeschoolers. Some of these include The Neumann Press,
Tan Books and Publishers, Guardian Angel Books, Lepanto
Press (the publishing arm of Our Lady of Victory Home Study),
Seton Home Study Press (Seton Educational Media Catalog),
Christendom Press, Our Lady of the Rosary Catalog, Kolbe
Academy, Catholic Heritage Curricula. (And please don't
forget Keeping It Catholic!)
Make frequent, polite
requests to the Catholic publishers to reprint or update
Catholic textbooks. Every time you order from them, thank them
for already offering what they have in inventory and then ask
if they have considered publishing more Catholic textbooks,
manuals and supplements!
Ask them what they need in
order to do this - Extra donations? Copies of older
out-of-copyright books they could reprint or update? Is there
anything else I could offer in a concrete way? Enough
compliments and requests will get their attention. Everyone
will benefit once more Catholic textbooks are available for
We need our Catholic home
study programs and publishers and we should treat them with
kindness, not impolite demands (the Golden Rule, as Our Lord
taught us). They're doing a fantastic job for us and, after
all, where would we Catholic homeschoolers be without
In turn, Catholic publishers
and home study programs need us -- not only for suggestions
and positive, helpful requests but for the financial and even
hands-on assistance to produce those ardently needed Catholic
materials and supplements for our homeschools.
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