• In Reversal, Notre Dame Now Says Employees Will Still Get Free Contraceptives

    Only a week earlier, the university had announced it would end contraceptive coverage Jan. 1. Joan Frawley Desmond SOUTH BEND, Ind. — In an unexpected policy reversal, the University of Notre Dame has said that it will continue to provide free contraceptive services to its faculty and... Read more
  • Social Justice Warriors are Coming For Mathematics

    Great news! For those kids who will be taught math by teachers graduating from Texas State University’s Math Education program, life just got easier. This is bound to be confusing, so keep this fact in mind. Universities hire Math Education professors, whose job is to train primary and... Read more
  • Bringing Sex Ed Home: Let’s Talk About the Talk

    There's a battle raging right now over sex education, and our kids are in the line of fire. "Your teacher told you what?" These are the first words of too many parents when they discover what their teens and pre-teens are learning in health class. Happily for Ashley Bever, the mother of... Read more
  • Is there no place for a women’s college in a non-binary world?

    [caption id="attachment_90755" align="aligncenter" width="678"] Interior design of the Murray Edwards Dome (T Hornik/Wikipedia)[/caption] In opening admissions to men who identify as female, Murray Edward College has succeeded in doing one thing only: argued itself out of existence. When I... Read more
  • Are Our Schools Overdosing on Self-Esteem?

    [caption id="attachment_90410" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Dargelas, Andre-Henri; Morning Prayer; Atkinson Art Gallery Collection; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/morning-prayer-65889[/caption] I was recently in a Catholic school assembly of about 6oo elementary students watching various... Read more
  • The Two Gears of Student Moral Discourse

    The first time I tried to drive a golf cart, it seemed to have only two speeds. When I stepped down hard on the accelerator, I took off too fast. When I tried to push it down more gently, it barely moved. As with many such mechanisms, it takes experience and a little skill to find the... Read more
  • Irma Is Gone and Ave Maria Is Greater, Because It Got the Little Things Right

    Little things mean a lot, especially when a crisis is imminent. Late last week, with Hurricane Irma bearing down on southwest Florida, tension was running high for many residents in Ave Maria, Florida, where I live with my wife and five children. The latest prediction models painted a... Read more
  • When Catholic Schools Don’t Attract Catholics

    I was dismayed to read this week about a Catholic school in California which has removed religious statues from its buildings and grounds because of concerns that they were off putting to prospective parents who are non-Catholic. The San Domenico School in San Anselmo have upset a number of... Read more
  • New York TV Anchor Lauds Catholic Schools: “I Am Proud to Be a Catholic”

    Catholic schools provide an invaluable service to our communities! That was the message Rosanna Scotto, co-host of the morning TV program Good Day New York, gave on a video recorded for New Evangelization Television (NET), an initiative of the Diocese of Brooklyn. “I’m a product of... Read more
  • Parenting, not preschool, has the greatest effect on school readiness

    Here’s a trick question: what’s the biggest influence on a child’s readiness for school? Preschool education, replies a confident chorus of policy wonks. But maybe you got the answer right: it’s parenting. Research evidence has long established that reading with young children, taking them... Read more