Section 3.   CURRICULUM


“The Catholic school finds its true justification in the mission of the Church; it is based on an educational philosophy in which faith, culture and life are brought into harmony. Through it, the local Church evangelizes, educates, and contributes to the formation of a healthy and morally sound life-style among its members. … Above all, according to the Holy Father, the Catholic school helps in achieving a double objective: ‘of its nature it guides men and women to human and Christian perfection, and at the same time helps them to become mature in their faith. For those who believe in Christ, these are two facets of a single reality.’” (The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School, The Congregation for Catholic Education, 1988, #34, quoting Insegnamenti, VIII/1, pp. 618 f.)


“As we, the Catholic bishops of the United States, and the entire Catholic community continue our journey through the twenty-first century, it remains our duty to model the Person of Jesus Christ, to teach the Gospel, and to evangelize our culture.” (Renewing Our Commitment to Catholic Elementary & Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium, USCCB, 2005, p. 14)


“But (the Catholic school’s) proper function is to create for the school community a special atmosphere animated by the Gospel spirit of freedom and charity, to help youth grow according to the new creatures they were made through Baptism as they develop their own personalities, and finally to order the whole of human culture to the news of salvation so that the knowledge the students gradually acquire of the world, life and man is illumined by faith. (Gravissimum Educationis, Pope Paul VI, 1965 #8)


Standard:  The school uses a Religion curriculum and instruction that is faithful to Roman Catholic Church teachings, and meets the requirements set forth by the USCCB.

* 1. __  The school’s written curriculum includes Catholic values infused throughout ‘secular’ curricular areas (e.g., when discussing the American Civil War values of human rights and economic justice are central to the discussion).

* 2. _Reference to relevant Church documents is made throughout the curriculum. For example, reference could be made to U.S. Catholic Bishops Pastoral Letter on Racism, 1979 when talking about racism in society, or reference to Civility in Media, A Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops when talking about communications and the role of media in society

* 3. Religion textbooks that are used are in compliance with the Catechism of the Catholic Church and approved for use within the diocese by the Local Ordinary.

* 4.

__  Sacramental preparation is according to the guidelines of the Local Ordinary.

* 5. The school uses a standards-based Religion curriculum that has been approved by the local Ordinary.

* 6.

__  The teachers understand the mission of the Church and make a special effort to educate the whole child, using a variety of teaching methods and strategies that help the student to “order the whole of human culture to the news of salvation.” (Gravissimum Educationis, Pope Paul VI, 1965 #8)

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