Young Catholic School Teachers Speak Out Against Trump Using Catholic School and Students as Props for His Agenda
Kudos to the students who are committing themselves to teaching in struggling schools in the name of social justice. If only our legislators had the same level of commitment to the children attending public schools who struggle with a lack of resources.
When I visited Notre Dame a few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with a class of students preparing to become teachers in a program called ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education). ACE is considered the Catholic version of TFA, but it is far more serious and demanding than TFA. It is not a stepping stone to a job in finance, but a commitment to teach in difficult circumstances at low pay on behalf of a Catholic vision of social justice. The ACE students take classes during their undergraduate years to prepare them to teach; they have mentors while they are teaching; they live in community while teaching; they are paid far less than their counterparts in public schools; they return to Notre Dame for a summer of study; and they take teaching as a serious commitment. Father Scully at Notre Dame, who leads the program, is one of…
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