Using education to overturn effects of racism

The name instantly sets the organization apart.

African American Male Scholars.

"Scholars" is the operative word, representing members of this St. Louis University group. The words "African, American and male" merely serve as adjectives.

First and foremost, they're scholars, pursing bachelor's degrees at SLU. Perhaps they're the first in their families to attend college; or perhaps they're following in the footsteps of college-educated family members. Either way, they've probably dealt with what Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has called "systemic racism" in our society.

First High School Night takes place Sept. 9

High School Nights provide students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and their parents an opportunity to hear from representatives of the Catholic high schools about their programs and policies. Go to to see a list of all the High School Nights. All begin promptly at 7 p.m. 

DEAR FATHER | Seeing the Trinity in daily life helps us understand the mystery

Father John Mayo

How do you explain the Trinity to children?

Common Core complaints give way to concern about future of education

While the Common Core State Standards have been embraced by many in the field of education, they're also receiving a healthy dose of skepticism -- and in some cases a flat-out rejection -- from others, including many Catholics.

The concerns are numerous: the standards have the potential to "dumb down" Catholic schools; a perceived idea that Catholic schools will be required to use materials that are against Catholic teaching; and suspicions that the approach is federally mandated and will be used as a tool to access personal data.

Local Catholic schools advised to review emergency procedues

In the aftermath of the Dec. 14 school shootings in Newtown, Conn., local Catholic schools have received an advisory from archdiocesan superintendent of Catholic education George Henry asking administrators to review their crisis management plans.

In a Dec, 17 letter to pastors and education leaders, Henry asked that all schools and parish schools of religion take some time to pray for the victims of the tragedy -- 26 people were killed, including 20 children -- and for those who mourn them.

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