Being a parent to boys is different …

Here is one mother’s account of the adventure of being a parent of an energetic little boy; full of surprises, but worth every minute: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2014/11/12/5-things-i-learned-about-raising-boys-so-far/?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.f0ee84cb7ae8

 

Many schools are failing our boys

From the Washington post :

My 8-year-old son has been struggling in school. Again.

Re-entry after winter break has not been easy for him. The rules and restrictions of school – Sit Still. Be Quiet. Do What You Are Told, Nothing More, Nothing Less. – have been grating on him, and it shows. His teacher recently emailed me; she’d noticed a change in his behavior (more belligerent, less likely to cooperate) and wanted to know if there was anything going on at home.

My guess, I said, was that he was upset about having to be back in school after break. I was right.

The lack of movement and rigid restrictions associated with modern schooling are killing my son’s soul.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2015/02/19/why-schools-are-failing-our-boys

For the full article

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Boarding Schools Are Good for Teenage Boys

Full article at: http://www.crisismagazine.com/2015/boarding-schools-good-teenage-boys

Extract:

Teenage boys will not be freed from the bog they are immured in by new-fangled modifications and medications, but by old-fashioned reason and remedies. Boys today suffer from despondency, lack of direction, and a masculine identity crisis, overwhelmed as they are by widespread feminization, relativism, pornography, and cultural collapse. The quandary is rooted in a neglect of male nature, and a return to real attentiveness is requisite before there can be any renewal in male character.

Meanwhile, boys remain under siege. They live virtual lives. They underachieve and underperform. They don’t go to college. The men they become are often crippled by passivity and insipidity, cheating church and country of priests, fathers, laborers, and leaders. One solution lies in making education lively enough to bring boys back to life. A revival of Catholic boarding schools for high-school age boys is central to this solution, for it allows life and education to be liturgical, imparting the greatest impetus, the truest direction, and the richest culture—which is the foundation of a happy life.

Parent-made new short film on life at Chavagnes, Catholic boarding school for boys

For information on Chavagnes international College: www.chavagnes.org

Another Chavagnes boy heads for Oriel

Iwo Wojcik, an 18-year-old Polish student at Chavagnes International College looks set to establish something of a tradition linking Oriel College, Oxford with his unique Catholic boarding school in France.

Chavagnes bases its educational philosophy on the teachings of the Blessed  John Henry Newman who, before his conversion to Catholicism from Anglicanism, was a Fellow of Oriel College in the University of Oxford.

A former Chavagnes boy (2002-2005), now Father Stephen Morrison, began the latter-day cooperation between Chavagnes and Oriel when he gained a place and then Organ and Academic Scholarships there several years ago.

Then another Oriel man, Father Bede Rowe,  was Chavagnes chaplain from 2010-2014.

And now another successful Chavagnes student begins his studies in French literature at Oriel in October. Well done, Iwo!

Support for boarding schools has stabilised

According to Nick Morrison in The Telegraph, support for boarding schools has stabilised at arounf 68,000 pupils; and the nulber is now on the increase.

Part of this, Morrison claims, is due to an improvement in extra-cirricular activities on offer, and also because busy parents find boarding can be a better solution than having children at home with insufficient parental input due to hectic to work schedules.

Parents’ views about boarding

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/goodlife/11540091/Could-boarding-school-be-the-best-thing-for-your-child.html

The Telegraph has the above article on changing attitudes to boarding.

Double-glazing for the ‘chilly dorms’ of Chavagnes

The boarding school renowned for its back-to-basics approach, Chavagnes International College, was featured on Vatican Radio a few years ago; the journalist then drew attention to its ‘chilly dorms’ …

But now students at Chavagnes will be able to look forward to a cosy winter; double-glazing and extra insulation is being installed in dormitories over the Easter holidays, according to Headmaster Ferdi McDermott.

Chavagnes on Vatican Radio

Problems with co-education, and schools on a learning curve …

As this Daily Telegraph Journalist shows, the learning curve of schools that have turned ‘co-ed’ (taking boys and girls) has been a steep one: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationopinion/10576886/A-school-trip-that-went-a-little-too-far.html

The article alludes to the sad outcome of a too close relationship between boys and girls at school, which is the mistreatment of girls by boys ‘just looking to have fun’ and the untold tale of schoolgirl abortions, which can then scar a young woman for life.

Catholic boarding schools now on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/catholicboardingschools is the new FB page for Catholicboardingschools.org