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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:
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
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
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
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/
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