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Issue 724 - 10-jun-2018

Is self-discipline more evident in Catholic Schools?

Working from the belief that "Self-discipline is far better than the externally imposed kind" a report was released last week about the impact Catholic Schools have on self-discipline. The findings suggest three key takeaways.

  • Schools that value and focus on self-discipline will likely do a better job of fostering it in children. 
  • Other schools have something to learn from Catholics schools when it comes to fostering self-discipline. 
  • We should not underestimate the power of religion to positively influence a child’s behavior—and shouldn’t restrict families’ choices on the basis of religion.
Download the report at: https://edexcellence.net/publications/self-discipline-and-catholic-schools

Issue 725 - 17-jun-2018

Educating for Tomorrow, Today

What heading and text do you use in your print media? Is it clear? Is it too clever? Or is it something which ANY school could say? I opened a newspaper recently (yes they still print them) and read the heading “Educating for Tomorrow, Today.” The photo was good. The advertisement included the name of the Registrar, which I really liked. It even offered child minding for an information evening – which I thought was clever. It did not include a street address but included the website so I guess that works.


However, the heading “Educating for Tomorrow, Today” is something I personally feel ANY and EVERY school does. They always have. That is why we educate young people. To prepare them for their Tomorrow. So, take some time over the heading. 

What are some of your favourites?

Issue 724 - 10-jun-2018

A different model of inclusive education

What would your child learn if they attended a school where one in every three children had a disability? At Meeting’s Street’s The Grace School in Providence there are 110 kids from K through 8. Two-thirds of students have no disabilities and are learning alongside one another.


When asked why she likes going to school with so many kids with special needs Mercy Flomo's response was “I have an aunt, she has Down Syndrome, and I like that everybody’s included here. When you reach out to kids who might otherwise be left out, it teaches you about friendship. Helping kids with so many challenges makes you feel good about yourself, and also teaches patience."

With an average of 15 students per class, often with a teacher aide, there is a high ratio of staff to students which is also attractive to parents of children with no disability. The tuition costs are also lower than many private schools.

The school's website describes "inclusive classrooms that combine rigorous academics with a culture of compassion for children."

Issue 725 - 17-jun-2018

Radical enrolment policy keeps making a difference

In an age of selective schools, rising tuition fees and school competition I was surprised to learn of a school with the following admission criteria. Students need to be:

  • Living below the poverty line
  • Raised by a single parent (or less than that)
  • Academically gifted, as defined by admissions tests
At Girard College in Philadelphia all students receive a full scholarship and live on campus. How does that work? Well “Stephen Girard was thought to be the wealthiest man in America at the time of his death and since he and (wife) Mary never had children, he left nearly his entire fortune to charitable and municipal institutions of Philadelphia and New Orleans. Stephen Girard died on December 26th, 1831.

What an amazing legacy that for over 180 years one man’s donation could still be funding a school.

Learn more at > Behind the 10-foot walls of Girard College, where a whites-only legacy has been turned upside down 

Issue 724 - 10-jun-2018

School building named after someone convicted of a crime

What would your school do, if after naming a building after someone, they were later convicted of a serious crime?


St. Frances Academy in Baltimore has removed the name of its "Drs. Camille and Bill Cosby Community Center" after Bill Cosby was convicted April 26 on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman. The letters on the building came down the same day.

"We removed the name immediately," Deacon B. Curtis Turner, principal, said. "We felt it was the right thing to do, given the conviction."

The administrator noted that the Cosbys were originally honored in 2012 in recognition of the strong support of St. Frances Academy from Camille Cosby, who was educated by the Oblate Sisters at her parish elementary school in Washington. Her husband's name was added as a courtesy, Turner said.

According to a 2005 article in the Catholic Review, Camille Cosby donated $2 million to St. Frances Academy in 2005 and had made significant prior donations to the school. In making her $2 million gift, she called the school an outstanding institution that deserves more recognition. The money was used help establish 16 annual full-tuition scholarships.

Following revelations against Bill Cosby in 2015, St. Frances Academy decided to keep the name on the building. At that time, there were no criminal convictions against the much-loved comedian and actor.

Source: Baltimore Catholic school removes Cosby name from building


Issue 725 - 17-jun-2018

Christian School to close in Canada over use of scripture

A recent article highlights the diversity of schooling systems internationally. “The Battle River School Division voted last week to close Cornerstone Christian Academy in Kingman, Alta., southeast of Edmonton at the end of the school year.”


The main reason behind the dispute has been the teaching of certain scriptures about sexuality. The complication is that the Christian school is actually a public school so part of an overseeing school division. This arrangement is quite different to most countries. For the school to continue it may need to close and then reopen as a private school with teachers needing to leave the public education system and then be re-employed by the private school.

“Anybody familiar with the Christian Bible will recognize that there are many, many, many passages of Scripture that are offensive to even those of us who follow Christ.”

“Parents are already considering their options if the legal fight (to keep the school open) fails. Many different parents (are) doing many different things: some going to home schooling, some having to drive their kids 40 minutes to 45 minutes away,”