When Success Leads to Failure
Hidden Hunger Unleashed Through OLMC Read-a-Thon
Her child has sacrificed her natural curiosity and love of learning at the altar of achievement, and it’s our fault. Marianna’s parents, her teachers, society at large—we are all implicated in this crime against learning.
From The Atlantic:
Mardi Gras at OLMC
As our students from pre-K through eighth grade are discovering this Lent, it is an extraordinary pleasure to read a great book for the first time. To get lost in the pages of A Man for All Seasons, to immerse oneself in the drama of A Wrinkle in Time, to savor the tales of Aesop’s Fables - these are the delightful moments that not only shape a childhood but also forever inform the soul.
The Machine Stops
Traditionally, people viewed the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday as the last opportunity to finish off any remaining eggs and oils in the pantry before embarking on their Lenten fast, and what better way to use up those ingredients than pancakes? In keeping with the Shrove Tuesday tradition, our students enjoyed a decadent pancake feast today!
Parents, stop trying to fast-forward your child's development
Information is not the same as knowledge, and today's culture is increasingly bewitched by the former while losing all sense of the latter. At OLMC, we form students’ minds and hearts to process information in pursuit of knowledge that they may gain wisdom.
From The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/02/11/the-machine-stops
War of the Roses Field Day
Our curriculum is carefully designed to work in concert with children's cognitive development at each stage, because we agree that any attempt to fast forward them into adulthood backfires and ultimately does more harm than good.
From USA Today: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/allthemoms/2019/01/30/parents-stop-trying-fast-forward-your-childs-development/2598534002/?fbclid=IwAR3bif4Y4_y9j_mbdPyGJkSNCtIY6xdT4BM-uyJPTitvprW_E8ud8K6P3Bs
George Washington Letter For Sale
Several times a year, our students take the lessons of the classroom and apply them to contests of body, mind, and spirit. These Field Days are like our own in-house Olympics; they’re challenging, educational, and a lot of fun. Our winter Field Day was organized around the theme of the “War of the Roses,” and it was a great success! Students were transported back to the 1400s, when for 32 years the Houses of Lancaster and York competed for the English crown. Our early grades became English subjects, navigating a chaotic wartime existence through games like “crown toss” and “I Spy the Hidden Prince.” Grades 3-5 acted as the Royal Court, engaging in political maneuvering in the form of games that mirrored historical events, such as “Henry VI’s Fits of Madness” (charades) and “Henry IV’s People Skills” (royal court memory). As the military leaders of England, Middle schoolers endured fierce contests like the Battles of Towton (dodgeball) and Bosworth Field (capture the flag). It was a day full of of friendly competition, camaraderie, and one very memorable history lesson!
Plant Blindness: Why Scientists Who Know Nature Are Becoming an Endangered Species
An original letter written by George Washington addressing controversy surrounding the newly adopted Constitution is now for sale after decades in a private collection. This revealing letter provides a window into our nation’s history and highlight’s our first president’s esteem for the role of Providence in the successful founding of the country.
From The Raab Collection: https://www.raabcollection.com/presidential-autographs/washington-god-constitution
New Jersey becomes second state to require schools to teach LGBT and disability-inclusive material
Contemporary Science education in our country has shifted from teaching what nature is to how it can be used for practical or commercial purposes. This dangerous trend not only leaves students woefully undereducated about scientific foundations, it also robs them of the pure joy that comes from a deep investigation of the complex and mysterious natural world around them.
From Memoria Press: https://www.memoriapress.com/articles/plant-blindness-why-scientists-who-know-nature-are-becoming-an-endangered-species/
Living the Arts in Catholic Education
NJ recently became the second state in the U.S. to require public schools to teach children about the sexual orientations of people who have made "political, economic, and social contributions." Does sexualizing the curriculum for even very young children genuinely enhance learning or does it distract students from the important accomplishments of historical figures?
From CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/01/us/new-jersey-lgbt-disability-curriculum-trnd/index.html
Students benefit from daily opportunities to exercise creativity and from connecting to rich artistic traditions. At OLMC, even our early elementary students learn not only to perform on stage, but inspired by the stories they read they write the scripts as well.
From Ethika Politika: https://ethikapolitika.org/2019/02/01/living-the-arts-in-catholic-education