Archive for July, 2013

Discipline: Establishing Authority

Some years ago, I taught the Confirmation class for our parish religious education program. The class was never rowdy or rude; my students were attentive and engaged – a pleasure to teach. A lovely lady from the parish volunteered to substitute when I was away one weekend. The following week, she told me the class had misbehaved so terribly that they had reduced her to tears. To tears! I was horrified and insisted each student apologize individually to her, but I was also quite surprised. What had turned my model students into monster brats? The answer was NOT that I exercised better control over the class; I didn’t feel that I had to control them at all. They just seemed to mind me…

Education in the Family

Cardinal Sanchez encouraged parents to educate their children in the Catholic Faith, as they are encouraged by the documents of the Second Vatican Council, which teaches not only that they are the primary educators of their children, but also that the Church is present in families through parents teaching their children…

The Primrose Path

When I was about five or six years old, I remember that my maternal grandmother had a beautiful garden in her backyard that she spent many hours cultivating. Among her plants was a certain type of flower called the Evening Primrose, which is distinctive and somewhat unique insofar as, unlike most flowers that bloom once and eventually die, these little yellow flowers bloom every night. And the fact that we could watch them bloom every twenty-four hours made for quite an event. When my family visited her over the summers in Cleveland, Ohio, she used to call to us and let us know that these little yellow flowers were about to bloom. So, whether we were swimming, playing Scrabble, or picking raspberries in the side yard, we would all rush out to her patio and watch the majesty of God’s creation unfold. At dusk every night, the flowers would bloom, and close every morning at sunrise…

College Prep: Private Graduations

Graduation from high school is a big deal. Earning the diploma is a real rite of passage in a young person’s life and should be recognized by great celebration. Although our graduation ceremony in May continues to grow in size each year, the majority of our seniors are still unable to participate in Seton’s own corporate gathering. However, there are other options…

Life as a Child of Seton

I live in Front Royal, Virginia, hometown of Seton Home Study School. Later this month, I will turn nineteen. I have been a Seton student all my life, and every one of my six siblings has used the Seton program. In May of 2013, I had the great joy and honor of graduating from Seton. It was such a wonderful feeling to finish one chapter of my life and look forward to starting a new chapter when I attend Christendom College this fall…

Dr. Clark Answers Your Questions

We have not finished up the book analyses due for the high school English course. Can my child be excused from this assignment?

We very rarely excuse a student entirely from an assignment, especially one as important as a book analysis. One of the most important aspects of a good education is critical analysis. In our society today, when so many Christian ideas and values are being questioned and even attacked, we and our children need to think clearly about the teachings of Christ and how we can defend them. We can do this only if we “practice” such skills, which is our goal with the analysis skills being taught in the writing of the book reports and book analyses…

St. Michael the Archangel

We sometimes hear about a “culture war” in our society, but the real war is a spiritual war for souls. Our society surrounds us with anti-Christian values: the newspapers and magazines in the stores, the fiction stories in the library, the “music” played in stores and restaurants, ipods, movies, television, online selections, and so on. The anti-Christian culture seems to be in the air we breathe, as Dr. William Marra once said…