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Reinvigorating the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Ran across this brief video from Fr. Barron today, and found it reflective of some of our past discussions. I thought his comment about getting grades for certain classes, but checkmarks for religion and gym, particularly striking — and these days I often find myself in circles in which Catholic thinker and conservative scholar are generally considered oxymorons. I don’t really have anything else to say on this, except that I hope our Junto will continue to look for ways in which we can help foster this sort of growth in our community.

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The Panopticon of Public Education Part 4: Dismantling the Monopoly

So, what are the options for challenging the de facto monopoly of the public education system?  To the educational layman, there are some interesting (and perhaps hopeful) ideas already at work. 1. Charter schools.  First showed up in Minnesota in 1991, the most well known and practiced variation that is part of the public system.  According to the National Education Association website (and the links contained therein), Charter schools are publicly funded elementary or secondary schools that have been freed from some of the rules, regulations, and statutes that apply to other public schools, in exchange for some type of accountability for

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