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Danger First: The Education of Men

October 5, 2016 • By

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Mr. Sean Fitzpatrick, of thosecatholicmen.com, has written an excellent article about the need for excitement, risk, adventure, and, yes, danger in the education and formation of young boys. As someone who has taught children from Kindergarten through high school, I fully agree with this.

In an effort to educate as many children as possible, as fast as possible, we’ve turned schools into factories. Children spend up to 5 hours a day in a single classroom, not moving, not talking, and expected to repeat tasks over and over to prove they are learning. Education has become as efficient as manufacturing plant’s conveyor belt – and just as exciting. Worse still, children who fail to do well in this particular system, either by learning slower or learning in a different way, are considered poorer students. Children were not made for the educational system, it (should be) the opposite.

Boys and girls need more than just rote memorization of facts. They desire to encounter the living world. In the article, Mr. Fitzpatrick focuses in on how young boys have a thirst for adventure.

Danger in education manifests itself in the art of drawing boys beyond their comfort zones to raw and rough experience. By embracing the perils of emotional exposure, intellectual doubt, spiritual exercise, social honesty, and competitive athletics boys assume the risks of the unknown, and gain a real knowledge of themselves and the world based on accomplishments and failures alike. This is the education that boys thrive on; and it is dangerous; but they should be permitted to face it on their own.

Read ‘Danger First: The Education of Men’ at thosecatholicmen.com

 

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Have Big Fun With Microadventures

June 24, 2016 • By

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Who doesn’t crave adventure? From hang-gliding through the alps to taking a month of to bike across the country – adventures are the things dreams are made of. Unfortunately, thanks to our jobs, our families, and the everyday routine of life these types of experiences usually remain as dreams. This is a shame because the world is so beautiful we could go our whole lives and not experience it. Remember, our Heavenly Father made the world for us. It’s the ultimate gift.

But how does a family fit in a huge adventure amidst soccer practice, two full time jobs, school, ballet, dinners, family, and a hundred other things? The answer is microadventures. Instead of planning one big family trip every year (if you’re lucky enough even to do that), take on smaller, local trips once or twice a month. These microadventures encourage you to find and explore amazing things right in your own neck of the woods.

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[Listen] Don’t Take a Back Seat to Parenting

June 22, 2016 • By

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Those of us who are parents now grew up in a time when children’s television programming and children’s movies were filled with morals and principals. Nearly every show taught us (at least a little bit) what is good and what is evil. G.I. Joe is still brought up to this day in our pop culture because of its “Knowing is Half the Battle” moral messages that appeared at the end of each episode.

Nowadays its easy to think that our own kids are afforded the same quality programming we once were, but that is just not the case. The world has become crazy. Black and white moral truths that were once common sense have been replaced with a “do what you want” / “born this way” / “I’m ok, you’re ok” moral fluidity. We can’t fall into the trap of assuming the world is how our nostalgia remembers the past.

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WISDOM FROM THE RED BARN

June 13, 2016 • By

The guys over here at Prime-Cuts.org run a biannual men’s faith night called Meat and Greet. We made this video for our most recent event. In it we discuss what it means to be a man of Christ. Each member of the team share’s their opinions on how the world has failed them as men, and how being a follower of Christ has lead them to a greater version of themselves. As Pope Benedict said “This world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort you were made for GREATNESS.”

You will also a see a small snap-shot of what our “Catholic Men’s Nights” are all about. Hint: These aren’t your grandma’s bible studies.

For more information on Meat and Greet and getting some of this program into your church, contact Sam Todzia at redbarnministries.org

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[Podcast] Raising Rebels in a Pagan World

February 26, 2016 • By

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Steve Ray is a regular contributor on Catholic Answers Radio and Catholic.com. Steve Ray is a convert to the Catholic Church and the author of three best-selling Ignatius Press books (Crossing the Tiber, Upon this Rock, and St. John’s Gospel). He speaks at conferences around the world. He is a regular guest on The Journey Home and has appeared on many other radio and TV programs, including Fox News.

In his latest appearance on Catholic Answers Radio, Steve discusses the importance of raising our children with the necessary skills to remain Catholic in today’s culture. Steve explains that despite the christian roots of our country’s founding our current culture is unarguably pagan. Through a series of personal anecdotes from his own role as a father of four, he shares many tips about raising kids who can withstand the temptations, distortions, and traps of the modern world.

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Into the Lion’s Den: How Dorm Life Promotes a ‘Hook-Up’ Culture at Catholic Colleges

February 23, 2016 • By

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Advancing from high school to college should be a monumental step in a child’s life. It is seen, rightfully so, as another large step forward into maturity, independence and adulthood. But what about your child’s path to sainthood? Is the college they are attending fostering that growth? To young men and women who value their soul, entering college is like stepping into the Lion’s Den.

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[Watch Now] A Call to Battle

January 7, 2016 • By

“The average boy will spend more time watching television by the time he turns 6 years old than he will spend talking to his father over the course of his entire earthly life.”

From Bishop Olmsted’s apostolic exhortation “Into the Breach,” and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix comes this 10 minute, documentary-style short film that seeks to create awareness of a crisis in masculinity found in today’s society.

If you’ve read the original exhortation, you understand what a welcome gift it is. Please watch this video with your family, pray for your children, and share it with your friends.

 

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Life Lessons: How to Make A Paper Airplane

September 16, 2015 • By

How to tie your shoe, memorizing the 10 Commandments, and folding a respectable paper airplane are all important life skills that dads should teach their children. No kid wants to be the one who’s airplane spirals to the floor immediately after launch.

A proper paper airplane, smoothly sailing through the classroom your house, or outdoors is a thing of beauty. There are many different designs, and Youtube has plenty of step-by-step videos to get you going. And if videos aren’t your thing, check out this post over at Art of Manliness that has step-by-step photos.

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[FYI] Scholastic to Promote Transgender Characters to Third Graders

September 10, 2015 • By

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From LifeSiteNews,

“The Scholastic Corporation has sent school teachers and librarians 10,000 copies of the book, entitled George, which was written by self-described “queer activist” Alex Gino. In the children’s book, Gino tells a story of a 10-year-old boy who doesn’t feel like a boy, so he tells people he’s really “Melissa.” Scholastic’s website says the target audience for the transgender book is elementary children from 3rd to 7th grade.”

Quite simply, 3rd to 7th graders should not be targeted with this subject. This is not an issue of “book banning”. The issue here is that this subject is not appropriate for this age group. This book is presenting a complex, highly-debatabed issue as simple to understand and permissible. Mr. Gino’s aim is quite clear. He seeks to make the reader sympathize with the main character, a boy who thinks he is a girl, sympathize with the greater transgender agenda, and potentially encourage elementary school children to explore feelings of gender identity confusion.

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Climbing a Tree can improve cognitive skills, researchers say

August 6, 2015 • By

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Climbing a tree and balancing on a beam can dramatically improve cognitive skills, according to a study at the University of Florida. The findings suggest working memory improvements can be made in just a couple of hours of these types of physical exercises.

Climbing (to the root of the issue)

The aim of this study was to see if proprioceptive activities completed over a short period of time can enhance working memory performance. According to BrainBlogger and osteopath, Dr. Sajid Surve, DO., Proprioception, is the body’s position sense, sometimes referred to simply as ‘body awareness’.