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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 13, 2006 / 17 Sivan, 5766

Religious schools must discriminate

By Kathryn Lopez


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As the academic year winds down, there's cause for mourning in some neighborhoods in New York City, where some schools will be closing their doors for good. They're not just any schools — and I'm not just saying that because the school where I spent my first eight years was nearly among them. They're Catholic schools that have achieved miracles.


Besides doing easily quantifiable things — teaching disadvantaged students at half the cost of public schools — they often distinguish themselves from nearby public schools in another important way.


As one principal explained to Manhattan Institute education expert Sol Stern (for Stern's book "Breaking Free"): "We are here to educate and empower these kids, to do two things with them. One is to make sure that they learn how to read, write and do math — every day. The other is to form the character. We believe in the divinity of being; we believe in the holiness of our existence. That infuses the culture we're in." But next fall, the Big Apple is going to come up nine schools short. Stern calls it a "tragedy," but there's far more peril afoot.


Just as some of these schools were beginning to close up shop for good, "People" magazine ran an article on a Catholic school teacher in Appleton, Wis., who was fired for artificially conceiving her twins. Immediately, you're outraged: At a Catholic school? Aren't they pro-life? Don't they want to encourage pregnancies and discourage abortions?


Well, perhaps. But the teacher was reportedly fired for using in vitro fertilization to conceive. That's a tough one; your heart breaks for a couple who want to conceive but just can't on their own. But IVF, as it is regularly practiced, involves, however unintentionally, the destruction of embryos, and for that reason, among others, it's not something the Catholic Church wants to encourage. A Catholic school teacher plays a unique role in being both a role model and a living embodiment of what the Church teaches. And, as high an order as that may be, it's a role a teacher signs up for when she agrees to teach in a Catholic school.


About two years ago, The New York Times Magazine ran a piece by a young woman who found herself pregnant. Upon learning that she was having triplets, she opted to selectively reduce — get rid of two of them. The words "selective reduction" were new to a lot of readers that Sunday. And if reactions I heard were any indication, people wondered how far we had come toward a "Brave New World," embracing a sterile phrase to describe this practice. Does this mean that it's too late to turn back?


Maybe. Maybe not. One way you can reverse a culture's direction is by teaching children differently. At religious schools, where morals-training is part of the package, educators have a unique and powerful opportunity — and with that comes great responsibility. As Vatican official Archbishop J. Michael Miller, secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, recently explained: "To fulfill their responsibility ... educators in Catholic schools, with very few exceptions, should be practicing Catholics who are committed to the Church and living her sacramental life. Despite the difficulties sometimes involved, those responsible for hiring teachers must see to it that these criteria are met."

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The case in Wisconsin isn't the first of its kind, or the first to make headlines. Earlier this year, a single female teacher in New York City found herself pregnant and, before long, the center of controversy. She accused the school of sex discrimination for firing her because of her pregnancy. Anyone who values the protection of human life must hesitate to do or support anything that would discourage anyone with child from having the child — so the first thing I want to know is whether that teacher was offered any help she needed, by friends, family and church. But the school also has the right to say: We can't have you teaching here if you are having a child out of wedlock. It's not what's we're about.


Catholic schools have the right to be Catholic and — considering what they contribute — Americans should want them to be. As Anthony Picarello of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty puts it to me, "Religious schools are where religious groups transmit their message from one generation to the next. And whoever controls hiring controls the message. So keeping the government out of those teacher-hiring decisions is separation of church and state in the best sense."

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