Homeschooling Proving ‘Good for America’

December 3, 2010

McKinney, TX (MetroCatholic) — The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC — In August 2001, the cover of Time magazine posed this question: “Is Home Schooling Good for America?” Today, as more and more adults who were homeschooled assume positions of leadership and service in our nation, we answer Time’s question with a resounding “Yes!”

Without question, the contributions of homeschoolers are dramatically changing our political landscape. For example, leadership courses, camps, and organizations such as Generation Joshua, a division of the Home School Legal Defense Association, are coming alongside homeschooling families to train future leaders. During the 2010 mid-term elections Generation Joshua deployed 900 of their nearly 6,000 members to make a difference in 21 political races across the nation, including that of Congressman Daniel Webster (R-FL), a homeschooling father.

Dr. Brian Ray, founder of the National Home Education Research Institute, in his 2004 study of more than 7,000 homeschooled adults, showed that homeschoolers were more likely to vote, volunteer for political campaigns, and participate in community service. Dr. Ray found that 71% of homeschool graduates participated in ongoing community service activities compared to 37% of U.S. adults of similar ages, and 76% of homeschool graduates (aged 18-24) had voted in a national or state election within the last 5 years, compared to 29% of non-homeschooled graduates.

In his article titled “Revisiting the Common Myths About Homeschooling,” Michael Romanowski, a professor at the Center for Teacher Education at Ohio Northern University, stated: “Homeschoolers clearly learn about the real world, possibly more than do their public school counterparts. While the purpose of public education is to educate future citizens who take an active role in improving the social, economic, and political conditions in society, Ray’s research indicates that public schools, not homeschooling, should be scrutinized for their efforts regarding ‘citizenship training.’”

When asked to comment about the recent political impact of homeschooled adults nationwide, Paul and Gena Suarez, homeschooling family of six children and publishers of the premier quarterly magazine for homeschoolers, responded that homeschoolers’ success “only confirms what numerous stats and studies have already indicated — that ‘homeschooling’ is about so much more than merely educating our children. It’s about instilling in the next generation the conviction that if good is to prevail, then it must be advanced, and it can be advanced only by those who embrace it.”

Many homeschooling families are training their children to make a difference by serving this nation with integrity, not for the sake of personal ambition or monetary gain but rather because they have learned how to be responsible citizens. Determined, astute homeschooling families are making their voices heard — from leadership camps to grassroots organizations to Congress.

In January 2011, Ms. Jaime Herrera, age 32, will be sworn in as a U.S. Representative (R-WA). She will be remembered, among other things, as the very first member of our U.S. Congress who was a homeschooler. She will not be the last.

About The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine: Soon to celebrate their 10-year anniversary, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is recognized as the premier magazine for homeschoolers. This professional publication offers approximately 200 pages of information, inspiration, and encouragement to homeschooling families around the world in each quarterly issue. View a sample issue here:

Unique Catholic Evangelization Center Launches Mission to Educate, Train and Invite

December 2, 2010

MADISON, N.J.,  (MetroCatholic)“The essential mission of the Catholic Church is evangelization,” said Rev. Geno Sylva, S.T.D., Executive Director of St. Paul Inside the Walls Catholic Center, and Vicar for Evangelization for the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey. “St. Paul Inside the Walls is a one-of-a-kind center facilitating that mission by offering programs and events that provide the faithful with the necessary tools to move our Church from a mindset of maintenance, to that of mission.”

Brought forth from the vision of Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli, S.T.D., S.S.L., D.D., St. Paul Inside the Walls serves as a unifying force within the Diocese of Paterson. Housed on the former campus of Bayley-Ellard High School in Madison, N.J., the sprawling former mansion and school building underwent extensive renovations in the two years prior to the September 2010 dedication. The Center has since launched 43 training and outreach programs, including those for catechists and parents of children with autism, for Catholic grandparents, for Catholics in recovery, and a Diaconate training program.

“St. Paul Inside the Walls is really a halfway house for God, and a clearing house for ministries,” said Rev. Sylva. “We study society and then devise creative ways to engage people where they are in life. Whether through a program that celebrates the Catholic tradition of communicating God’s love through art and music, through an outreach to homeschooling families, or through a healing ministry for post-abortive women, the goal is to invite individuals into a deeper relationship with Christ.”

A unique aspect of the Center has been its mission of ministry training through evangelization. “By training individuals for God’s work through the optic of evangelization, they – and in turn, their parishes – become more alive with the vibrancy that comes from inserting the Gospel teachings into everyday life,” said Rev. Sylva. “By gathering Catholic medical professionals, lawyers, and business leaders, and sharing pertinent Catholic teachings with them, American Culture will be transformed. The Center helps Catholics to recognize that they must courageously bring the Gospel into contemporary culture. As Bishop Serratelli says, ‘a church that is not growing, is dying.’

“As Catholics, we must recognize and respond in faithful, yet dynamic ways to the ever changing challenges in our society,” Rev. Sylva continued. “St. Paul Inside the Walls is entering into that mission field, proposing the beauty of our Catholic faith to a world in desperate need of Truth.”

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Catholic Charities USA Congratulates Cycling for Change Team

September 13, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (MetroCatholic) — Catholic Charities USA, the 100-year-old social service network working to reduce poverty in America, congratulates members of the Cycling for Change team for their 3-month, 5,000-mile journey across the United States raising awareness of poverty in America.

The Cycling for Change team, led by Fr. Matthew Ruhl, S.J., embarked on their journey Memorial Day weekend from Cape Flattery, WA, and ended on Labor Day Weekend in Key West, FL. The team pedaled across the plains, over mountains, down river valleys and through large and small communities to raise awareness of the depth of poverty across the nation - and, to point to some of the solutions.

Fr. Ruhl was accompanied by 11 other cyclists and a support team of four. The 12 cyclists come from all walks of life ranging in age from 24 to 63. They are lawyers, doctors, social workers, photographers and retired volunteers.

When asked what motivates the team, Fr. Ruhl explained, “It’s about the poor. It’s believing that we have to address the epidemic of poverty in this country - and we have to do it now. I hope and pray the Cycling for Change ride bolsters the efforts of Catholic Charities USA to cut poverty in half in this country by 2020.”

Catholic Charities USA was founded in 1910 “to bring about a sense of solidarity” among those in charitable ministries. Since 1910, Catholic Charities USA has encouraged professional social work practice, provided opportunities for training and networking, and served as a national voice and expert on poverty issues. The Centennial is a time to reflect on past accomplishments and renew the commitment to serve those in need.

For more information about Catholic Charities USA’s Centennial activities, visit

For more information about Cycling for Change, visit

Catholic Charities USA’s members provide help and create hope for more than 9 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. For almost 300 years, Catholic Charities agencies have worked to reduce poverty by providing a myriad of vital services in their communities, ranging from health care and job training to food and housing. In 2010, Catholic Charities USA celebrates its centennial anniversary.

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