- The Washington Times - Friday, August 31, 2012

I enthusiastically endorse what Suzanne Fields has to say about needing to return to a curriculum designed to instill “cultural literacy” in our children (“Back to school brainwashing,” Commentary, Thursday).

I sit on the board of trustees of Angelus Academy, a Catholic elementary school in Springfield. When we opened the school in 2000, we committed to basing our curriculum on E.D. Hirsch’s Core Knowledge Curriculum. In doing so, we became one of only a handful of schools in Northern Virginia — and the only Catholic school — to use this program. It was a wise decision.

Our faculty loves working with a program that focuses on a rich, challenging, clearly specified content for all the major subject areas but still leaves room for individual creativity for both teacher and student. Core Knowledge has been a big factor in attracting families to Angelus Academy. Parents often remark on how amazed they are at how much their children actually know. The more our students know, the more knowledge they are able to effectively retain. Because they are knowledgeable, our graduates are confident young scholars who have gone on to excel in public and private high schools and universities.

At a time when many forces collude to warp and cheapen American life and thus dilute the impact of traditional values and standards, every child needs and deserves to be exposed to the best that our history — and the culture to which it has given rise — has to offer.

ROBIN MAAS



Chairman

Angelus Academy Board of Trustees

Arlington

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