Stephanie Block

Is Common Core Unraveling? Or Is It Changing Face?

Now that everyone knows what “Common Core” is, nobody is talking about it except to mock it. But, has it really disappeared from Education administrations?

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Catholics Funding “System Change” – CCHD money supporting Soviet Workforce Training

…21, 2015. [xiii] http://www.abqinterfaith.org/initiatives/workforce-development/ [xiv] US Federal Reserve System, “Transforming US Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century,” 2015, p 199: https://www.kansascityfed.org/~/media/files/publicat/community/workforce/transformingworkforcedevelopment/book/transformingworkforcedevelopmentpolicies.pdf [xv] Anthony P. Carnevale, Andrew R. Hanson, “Learn…

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Why Not Give to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development?

…Lepanto’s full (and on-going) list of problematic grantees for this grant period can be read here: www.lepantoinstitute.org/cchd-grants-2014-2015. Reform CCHD Now: reformcchdnow.com/previous-reports Wander Forum Foundation: bellarmineforum.org/1997/09/26/a-commentary-on-the-campaign-for-human-development-prepared-for-the-catholic-bishops-of-the-united-states-1997. Capitol Research Center website: capitalresearch.org/tag/cchdcatholic-campaign-for-human-development See: www.gsanetwork.org/get-involved/change-your-school The address provided…

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Agents of Death: The Alinskyian Effort to Manage Your Life’s End

…to Action: Transforming Advanced Illness Care,” 3-25-14: http://www.thectac.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/C-TAC-Call-to-Action-UPDATED-3.25.14-1.pdf OCO website: http://www.oaklandcommunity.org/causes/bringing-health-care-home/ We Believe Together – Health Care for All website (inactive), Endorsing Organizations list: data.rac.org/bt/?page_id=2 OCO website: http://www.oaklandcommunity.org/causes/bringing-health-care-home/ www.allen-temple.org/pastoral-team/46-annual-events/1550-coalition-to-transform-advanced-care-c-tac CONNECT…

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Using Social Justice Alliances to Subvert Catholic Principles

Frontal assault is not the best way to bring down a religious establishment.  That only creates martyrs and underground resistance.  Minimizing religious values, however, while elevating political ones is much more effective and, when the religious establishment cooperates with the process, it withers like a vestigial organ. Two examples – one from a predominantly Catholic and one…

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Catholic Action versus Alinskyian Organizing

For years, apologists for Alinskyian organizing have been trying to make the case that such organizing is a development of Catholic Action and therefore deserves support and respect.  For instance, a 2011 National Catholic Reporter article reported that several speakers at a Catholic Campaign for Human Development seminar expressed the idea that community organizing – specifically citing the work…

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Beware the “Experimental Faith”

At the “Progressive Christian Channel” of patheos.com, Diana Butler Bass’ bio describes herself as an author who regularly comments on religion, politics, and culture in the mainstream media. Among her opus is a 5-session “study” that was co-written with Tim Scorer, “Embracing Spiritual Awakening: Diana Butler Bass on the Dynamics of Experimental Faith.” As one…

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New McCarthyism is the Invisible Hand against Catholic teaching

It’s unlikely that the actor Gary Sinise, Fox News anchor Bret Baier, and beer magnate Pete Coors didn’t realize that Legatus, an association of observant Catholic business leaders, adheres to Catholic moral teaching when they agreed to speak at an upcoming Legatus Summit. Legatus has been known for Catholic positions on a number of issues, even…

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CCHD 2014-2015 …with a sobering look at a New Mexico PICO grantee, CAFÉ

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), an annual collection that is touted to “help the poor” but has actually been a steady source of revenue for Alinskyian organizing and other progressive, political activity, recently released its 2014-2015 grant list. It’s a doozy. As has been the trend since scandal forced the collection to withhold…

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Book review: My Battle Against Hitler

My Battle Against Hitler, a posthumously published memoir and collection of essays by “20th century Doctor of the Church” Dietrich von Hildebrand, is a timely cautionary for a world that is again on the cusp of momentous world events. It is sobering to read, for example, a Provincial of the German Dominicans remark, in the…

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