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December 20, 2007

News Report on National Framework


More information on the November 14 unanimous vote of approval of a national curriculum framework—officially, the “Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for People of High School Age”—was reported in a recent article in My Catholic Standard, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Washington D.C.

Among the insights:

• The new curriculum will not assume a students’ conversion or relationship with Jesus; “The Christ-centered approach of the new core curriculum focuses on evangelization, discipleship and educational processes leading students to look at Jesus and what place he should have in their life.”
• The framework is designed to create a standardized sequence of courses over four years of high school much in the same way that the sequence of courses in grades 1 to 8 is standardized.
• There are three targets of the new framework: the first is publishers that will prepare the books, the second is dioceses that establish guidelines, and the third is Catholic high schools and parish programs that will benefit by implementing the framework.
• The framework will be implemented over time.

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