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    Filed at 5:40 am under by dcobranchi

    Here’s an interesting piece on how American home education is viewed in the Vatican.


    Comment by
    December 14th, 2006
    at 11:39 am

    This is a very good thing for Catholic homeschoolers, who are regarded by most DREs and chancerycrats, many parish priests, and a fair number of bishops the way homeschoolers were regarded by public school officials and much of the public twenty years ago. Some dioceses, notably in southern California and Florida, have gone to a great deal of trouble to make life very difficult for homeschooling Catholic families, with the support of bishops. It’s good to be able to point to a couple of cardinals who think homeschooling is a good thing.

    Of course, a great deal of the trouble hsers have had in dioceses and individual parishes is thanks to folks like Mary Kay Clark–the hsing ambassador of the article–whose book Catholic Home Education is a litany of paranoid and semi-libelous slanders directed at parochial schools. If I were a DRE and read her stuff, I’d feel pretty hostile to homeschoolers, too.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    December 14th, 2006
    at 11:49 am


    Comment by
    December 14th, 2006
    at 1:43 pm

    DRE = Director of Religious Education.

    One of the problems we’ve had members complain about is in states like Alabama, where the most common way to homeschool is through a covering school, is that the local parish school won’t act as a cover for homeschoolers, and the other church schools won’t admit them because they’re not Protestants.

    Comment by
    December 15th, 2006
    at 10:24 am

    Gee, nice to know I’m doing one thing right in the eyes of the Catholic Church. Maybe I’m not hell bound after all.

    I read Mary Kay Clark’s book when I was still trying to be a Catholic. Very paranoid, yes. All the world is out to get Catholics. It was a turn off to see her name attached to this, though I suppose there are many Catholics that agree with her, um, “philosophy”.

    Homeschooling is “approved” by the bishop here, even for RE, even though we weren’t supported by our church.