Welcome to the Catholic Education Show, the ultimate resource for all things Catholic education. Hosted by Shawn Peterson, president of Catholic Education Partners, and Kimberly Begg, editor of Catholic School Playbook and author of "Unbreakable: Saints Who Inspired Saints to Moral Courage."
Join us as we bring you in-depth conversations with educators and thought leaders. Our discussions go beyond the classroom, delving into cultural trends, current events, and developments within the Catholic Church. Tune in and be a part of the conversation shaping Catholic education today.
Corey DeAngelis on Fixing the Problem of One Size Fits All School Systems
In this episode, Corey DeAngelis, author of "The Parent Revolution: Rescuing Your Kids from the Radicals Ruining Our Schools," and co-author of "Medioctrity: 40 Ways Government Schools are Failing Today's Students," joins Kimberly Begg and Shawn Peterson to discuss the school choice wave that has resulted in 10 states "funding students, not systems" in the last three years. "It's hard to overstate how far we've come, bringing Milton Friedman's ideas to fruition of universal school choice. And we're just getting started."
Dr. Christina Moran on the Journey from Secular to Catholic Education
Dr. Christina Moran, headmaster of Archangels Academy in Union, Illinois, a classical, liberal arts academy in the Catholic tradition, joins Kimberly Begg and Shawn Peterson to discuss the 'Godwinks' that have guided her career since her earliest days as an educator in the public school system.
Catholic School Playbook: Chapter 1 (Servant Leadership)
Tom Carroll on Saving Souls in the 16,000 Hours from Preschool to 12th Grade
In this episode, Thomas W. Carroll, the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Boston, joins hosts Kimberly Begg and Shawn Peterson interview, to share his experience rejuvenating Boston's struggling Catholic school system while facing unexpected challenges and opportunities related to Covid, the St. Thomas
More Teaching Fellowship, and the example of schools that “people are beating down the doors to get into.”
St. Thomas More Teaching Fellowship
St. Jerome Academy
St. Benedict Classical Academy
Thomas Aquinas College
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Divine Mercy University
Educating for Eternity: A Teacher's Companion for
Making Every Class Catholic by Brett Salkeld, PhD
Patrick O'Hearn on the Courtship of Saints
In this episode of The Catholic Education Show podcast, hosts Kimberly Begg and Shawn Peterson chat with Patrick O'Hearn about his book, "Courtship of the Saints: How the Saints Met Their Spouses." Patrick shares the inspiration behind his book, shedding light on the pivotal role marriage played in the lives of saints, offering timeless examples of courtship from Church history. Drawing on insights from Venerable Fulton Sheen, Father Chad Ripperger, and others, the conversation explores the evolution of dating culture, emphasizing the contrast between traditional courtship and the contemporary trends influenced by hookup culture and pornography.
John Clark on Defending Marriage after Years of Failed Leadership
In this episode, we dive into the importance of educating children about marriage from a Catholic perspective. Our guest, John Clark, author of "Betrayed Without A Kiss: Defending Marriage After Years of Failed Leadership in the Church," shares his insights on the current state of marriage and the challenges it faces.
We start by exploring the primary purpose of marriage according to Church teaching, which is the procreation and education of children. This teaching is considered infallible and holds significant weight for Catholics. We delve into the factors that have weakened marriage in recent decades, such as high divorce rates, declining marriage rates, and a rise in children born outside of marriage.
An interesting trend explored is the prevalence of annulments granted by Church tribunals. The presumption of marriages being valid unless proven otherwise has been contradicted by the granting of annulments in a majority of cases. This has led to what some may refer to as an "annulment culture."
We also explore the influence of radical feminism on views of marriage and family. John highlights how the portrayal of domestic life and motherhood as oppressive rather than fulfilling has shaped people's perspectives on marriage. We also touch upon the spiritual attacks on marriage from outside the Church, including pornography, the rejection of fatherhood, and certain aspects of feminism.
Another crucial aspect of the discussion is the importance of helping children understand their inherent worth and the unconditional love of God. This holds particular significance for children in single-parent homes. Catholic schools strive to work hand in hand with parents in teaching virtue and instilling a sense of self-worth in children.
Finally, we address the recent Vatican document on blessing same-sex couples and its potential impact on marriage. There are concerns that this may further weaken marriage by causing scandal and blurring the lines between blessing individuals and blessing their union.
Throughout the conversation, there is a clear call for a return to clear Catholic teaching on marriage. The importance of living as witnesses to marriage through sacramental lives and virtuous parenting is emphasized. Additionally, affirming the inherent dignity of all people as God's beloved children is seen as crucial in strengthening marriage for the well-being of individuals and society as a whole.
Jeremiah Poff on the 5 Worst Moments in Education in 2023
In this episode of the Catholic Education Playbook Show, Jeremiah Poff, an education and culture reporter at the Washington Examiner, presents the five worst moments in education in 2023.
First is the alarming rise in anti-Semitism on college campuses. Jeremiah highlights numerous incidents where Jewish students were targeted and made to feel unwelcome, with student groups questioning their place and even denying Israel's right to exist. Shockingly, a congressional hearing revealed the refusal of some prestigious university presidents to acknowledge that such anti-Semitic speech violates their codes.
Second is the presence of pornographic books in school libraries. While some argue that efforts to remove these books are a form of censorship, others defend it as a necessary step to protect children. Jeremiah delves into the controversy surrounding this matter, even sharing examples of pornographic books being used during school board member swearing-in ceremonies.
Third is the decision of the Montgomery County school board to eliminate parents' ability to opt their children out of classes about sexuality and gender. This has sparked a lawsuit from Christian and Muslim parents who wish to protect their children. The implications of this decision and its impact on parental rights are explored in detail.
Fourth is the College Board's inclusion of critical race theory and other concepts that violate teaching standards in Florida.
Fifth is the labeling of parent groups as "hate groups" by the Southern Poverty Law Center. This controversial move has not only tarnished the reputation of prominent parent advocacy organizations like Moms for Liberty but also compromised their ability to operate effectively. The dangers of such labeling and its impact on freedom of speech and parental engagement are thoroughly examined.
Throughout the episode, Jeremiah also touches upon topics such as the decline of free speech on campuses, the importance of teaching philosophy and history, and the tactics used to discredit opponents, drawing parallels to tactics employed by communist regimes. Acknowledging the gravity of the challenges faced by the education system, the hosts agree that sharing more positive education stories is crucial.