Make Catholic Education Catholic Again | Mark Bauerlein

Inein my recent article “The Sadducees of Catholic Schools,” I talked about the failure of Catholic schools to support Catholicism and to refrain from imitating public schools. I expected to murmur and shake my head. I do not expect to see my complaint related to the massacre that took place in East Buffalo on May 14.

I am not exaggerating. Here is the whole paragraph:

Last week, I saw an article in First Things First entitled “The Tragedy of Catholic Schools.” I first wrote a blog and criticized the author’s comments and I was prepared to put the blog aside this week because the blog criticizes Catholic schools and my heart is set on the tragedy of last Saturday. However there is a link between the author’s arguments and the dangerous scene that led to the shooting on Saturday. There are three lessons to be learned — to put up with the temptation, to give in to their fears, and to embrace each other.

The words appear in the newspaper “Principles of the Catholic School.” The author is Tim Uhl, dean of Catholic schools in the Buffalo diocese. I criticized Catholic schools for hiring people who did not fully devote themselves to Catholic teaching and did the same education as public school donations — and as a result, they accused me of being a Catholic schoolteacher, but to no avail.

There is more to consider here than just personal concerns, though. After reading all of Uhl’s writings, you should be amazed at how a man with his beliefs became the superintendent of Catholic schools. The clear sign of “BLACK LIVES MATTER” is at the top of the mail. Of all the agency’s sanctions — I had just had lunch near the White House at the “Black Lives Matter Plaza” —let’s keep in mind what BLM promotes. Its founders are three LGBTQ Marxists (see my podcast by Scott Walter, “The Radical Origins of Black Lives Matter”). It opposes heteronormativity, biblical sex, and the traditional family. It is also a financial problem. Uhl’s immediate support to the organization should prevent him from becoming a Catholic school principal.

Next issue: In my speech, I challenged the reliability of the Catholic authorities on technology. Uhl colors that are compatible with tee. I urged schools to stop reading political, politically correct, citing Eric Foner’s old left-hand book of US history as an example. In doing so, Uhl accuses me of opposing “the history of the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian who is known as one of America’s most important historians of his time.”

This answer is in line with the original text, which meant that Foner understood American antiquities and did not agree with modern-day Catholicism and history. Uhl derives much of the academic dependence that Catholics should avoid. Foner won Pulitzer, yes, also the general secretary of the 1619 Project. Considering the Pulitzers ’politics, we should take the award as a possible problem, not a definite combination.

In another altercation from the authorities, Uhl mocks me for violating the Common Core State Standards, which the diocese continues to adhere to. Since I participated in the drafting of some of the Common Core ELA documents in the journals, the issue could be resolved, unless Uhl decides not to defend the allegations, just to mention one of the strongest terms.

Finally, Uhl suppresses my interest in higher education, and I love the networks of Cristo Rey and NativityMiguel, who were “designed to serve the poor and change the lives of poor families.” They say that higher education is a good “niche”, nothing more.

What makes Uhl think that high schools do not serve the poor? Having studied College Board, IB program, Core Knowledge Foundation, and various government education departments and charter networks, I can say that higher education is what poor children need if they want to drop out of high school, go to college, and survive the new year. It does an excellent job of making sure they are “ready for college,” and does a lot to improve the proportion of low-income young people more than any other (in lesser) education I’ve seen.

In addition, Catholic higher education is an excellent means of ensuring that a student has a Catholic faith long after graduation. The notion that class education does not benefit all students may be made by a person unfamiliar with Western culture and to a higher level of Catholic ideology, literature, and art within it.

Uhl’s disregard for that ultimate goal has been clearly demonstrated in his summary of the Catholic teachings. Read these concluding words: “We must dedicate ourselves to fighting false stories and teaching people to think critically, pointing out the sinfulness of white supremacy and the dangers of endless propaganda.”

There is nothing specific about Catholicism in that affirmation. It can be written by an atheist. In other words, Uhl’s response did the opposite of what he wanted. It confirms the sad fact that many Catholic schools are in the wrong hands.

Bishop Michael W. Fisher has an unpleasant task ahead of him. He should remove Uhl from his position and find a faithful steward in the Catechism, dissatisfied with the authorities, and without the left-handed ambitions of our time.

Mark Bauerlein is assisting the editor First Things First.

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