Kids forced to praise allah, local Catholic homeschooling getting noticed December 17, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, scandals, secularism, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
Two more articles for your consideration during the long, cold winter of my absence from this blog. First, students in Virginia were directed to make the shaddat, or irrevocable statement of faith in islam, in a calligraphy class:
Students at Riverheads High School in Greenville, Virginia, were told to practice calligraphy by writing out the statement “There is no god but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” The assignment was given by classroom teacher Cheri Laporte. [They were told to “practice” writing this. Did they write it three times? If they did, whether they meant it or not, they are now considered muslims for life, and leaving that religion could expose them to a death sentence. I can see why parents would be enraged]
…….Parents told The Schilling Show that their children were not given the translation of what they were writing.
Riverheads High School Principal, Max Lowe, did not directly acknowledge an inquiry requesting confirmation of the incident, clarification of policy, and disciplinary measures, if any, taken against Ms. Laporte.
The school district defended the assignment…….[Of course they did. Bureaucrats are loathe to admit a mistake]
………But parents say that other religions were not represented. Parents told The Schilling Show that “the Koran was presented to students, the Bible was not. The teacher reportedly declined to provide a Bible because all the students have either read or seen a Bible.”
Female students were also encouraged to wear a hijab, it was reported. [Now this, to me, tips it from being possibly innocent, to likely deliberate attempt to either win kids to islam, for whatever reason, or at least, to indoctrinate them in a multi-kulti “islam is the religion of peace” kind of mentality]
When asked about the hijab, the district explained the students were merely being taught about “modest dress adopted by many in the Islamic faith and were invited to try on a scarf as a part of an interactive lesson about the Islamic concept of modest dress.” [Can you imagine the school/teacher inviting students to wear veils, to learn about the Catholic concept of modest dress? They’d rather die that do that]
“The scarf used in the activity was not an actual Islamic religious hijab,” the district stated.
Directly related to the above, the Dallas Morning News has an article about the burgeoning homeschooling movement in the area. They don’t single out Catholics as being leaders in this movement, even though we are, and their primary subject for the article is a Catholic family. While the desire to instill the Faith into children is cited as a prime reason for homeschooling, and one I certainly agree with, I am dubious as to the cost factor associated with Catholic schools as an alternative. Yes, it is significant, even crippling, but much more significant to me, and to many other Catholic homeschoolers, is the fact that if you care about your kids keeping the Faith, Catholic schools are the dead last place you want to send them:
For Kahlig and her husband, their decision to home-school their children came down to finances and religion.
“We felt that home schooling was the best option for our children,” Kahlig said. “We would love to have them in one of the local Catholic private schools, but they are just too expensive. We could probably send one student there, but it just wouldn’t be financially possible to send all of our children there.” [Well, whatever. By hook or crook, you made the right choice, maybe better than you know. No educational cohort loses the Faith to a greater degree than those who are the product of Catholic schools. Combined with Catholic college, over 80% fall away]
The Kahligs are one of many Frisco families who face a financial challenge when trying to find an academic option that also incorporates spiritual enrichment.
Bonnie DeAtley, a mother of three, estimated that she and her husband save roughly $25,000 a year by home schooling their children instead of sending them to a private Catholic school. But to have the religious community that comes along with such a school, DeAtley and Kahlig joined Catholic home-schooling groups to supplement their children’s at-home education.
Sarah Griffith, founder of Catholic Homeschoolers in Frisco, decided to home-school her children in 2009 and “realized I needed a support group. So I got together with another home-schooling mother and used a room at our local church for our group to meet once a month.”
CHF, which meets once a month at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Frisco, now has 20-30 families that meet for religious enrichment classes, field-trip outings and mothers-night-out events. It is one of dozens of home-school social groups in the area. [These groups are numerous and tremendously helpful. I do recommend them, generally.]
“We don’t have anything against public schools,” [???] said Kim Martin, who along with her husband moved from Dallas to Frisco. “We just recognize the benefits from the individual attention and direction that a home-school environment provides.” [Whatever. I’m a product of public schools. I have loads against them, especially now. Why are there so many little leftists running around? Indoctrination in the schools]
…….“No teacher — public or private — can give a student a better education than a dedicated and motivated parent.”
Totally agree, and that’s an extremely important factor. Even more important, to my wife and I, at least, is the ability to form our children in the Faith according to our lights and the guidance of the constant belief and practice of the Faith. For a variety of reasons (and going back decades – you can quote Fulton Sheen on this from the 60s), Catholic schools are poison for the retention of the Faith into adulthood. Public schools are increasingly problematic, from a spiritual/moral as well as educational perspective. Some protestant private schools are OK, provided you can deprogram your kid every day or week from the errors they’ve been exposed to. But when it comes to instilling the Faith, having strong oversight over who my kids interact with (all the efforts to family and educator can be undone by one disastrous peer influence), and teaching them according to classical means and with a strong emphasis on history, literature and the greatness of Catholic Christian civilization (Christendom), homeschooling is really the only alternative.
God bless all those parents who make the sacrifices to do it.