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Classical Education News: Around the Web

For the week of 11/16/2014

Here are a few of the noteworthy classical education stories circling the web this week:

Out of the Classroom: Parents Explore Home-schooling

This USA Today article highlights the tremendous growth of homeschooling in the United States by telling the stories of several diverse homeschool families.

Thomas Aquinas College Graduates Lead Faithful Catholic Schools

The Cardinal Newman Society follows four Thomas Aquinas College graduates into their work as headmasters, all striving to provide a classical education for their students. Here’s an excerpt from the story Father Mark Moriarty, one of those graduates:

“Unfortunately, in the modern world, many think education is only about learning job skills and forming peaceful and compliant citizens,” he noted. But, according to Father Moriarty, true education “frees a person from ignorance, from sin, and from error, so as to live life spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and socially in a truly excellent fashion.”

Texas High School Requires Parental Permission Students Reading Classic Literature

A school district in the Dallas, Texas area now requires parents to grant permission for their children to read certain books, including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Scarlet Letter, and A Farewell to Arms, and several others.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the issue has garnered much attention, with support for and against the requirement. What do you think?

Note: Inclusion of an article or news source does not imply full endorsement by the CiRCE Institute. These articles, we believe, can be read with benefit, but should be read critically.

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