From the Educational Plan of St. Jerome Classical School, written by the St. Jerome Curriculum Group, and which is used with permission by St. John Bosco Schools.
"Students should understand human culture and history itself as the lived answer to fundamental human questions and the human desire for God.
"Within history, ―Christ has reconciled all things to himself‖ (Col. 1:20, see also Col. 1:16, Rom. 11:36, Heb. 2:10, I Cor. 8:6, Rev. 4:11). Students should understand that the coming of Christ is the decisive act of God in history and that this has enormous historical and cultural ramifications.
"As the opening epigraph from Hugo Rahner states, the coming of Christ and the Church is central to history. As Christ reconciles all things to himself, his Church and the culture to which
it gives rise takes up and transforms all that is beautiful, good, and true in pre-Christian culture and becomes a decisive reference point for all world cultures thereafter. Understanding the
human person as a creature and seeing all of history and all cultures as expressions of the human desire for God and as lived answers to ultimate human questions, students should learn to
appreciate the great cultures of history on their own terms, seeking to understand them as they understood themselves and resisting
the prejudice that equates the newest with the best.
"However, they should understand history neither as a story of constant progress culminating in the present, nor as a series of disconnected events lying side by side in time, but as the story of
the world‘s anticipation of and longing for the truth and happiness revealed in Christ and the events his incarnation sets in motion.
"They should therefore have a special understanding of those classical cultures—Greek, Jewish, Roman—which become ingredients of Christian culture. They should read those portions of the Bible that are contemporaneous with the historical period they are studying and appreciate the window that the Bible provides into the development of this history. And they should seek to understand the birth of modern culture as an event within Christianity, as simultaneously a development of Christian culture and a reaction against a Christian view of reality.
"Students should thus come to understand American history as a chapter in this larger story. American history should be studied in the same spirit of love for truth, goodness, and beauty
that animates the rest of the curriculum, and American history and culture should therefore be viewed through the same lens as other historical cultures: as a lived
answer to these fundamental human questions. American history should therefore form in students a love of their country and its ideals, but it should also encourage them to subject that love and those ideals to the still higher love for the truth of God and the human person revealed in Jesus Christ and through his Church. In this way, the study of
history should prepare students to become both virtuous and responsible citizens and faithful Catholics and begin to equip them with the tools of discernment necessary to live deeply Catholic and deeply human lives amidst increasingly challenging times.
"The study of history in these terms is central to ―incorporating our students into the wisdom of two thousand years of Catholic thought, history, culture, and arts. Students are
incorporated into the received wisdom of the Christian tradition in two ways: first, by understanding themselves as products and heirs of a culture which represents the
deepest of human longings, the highest of human aspirations, and the most profound of human artistic and cultural achievements; and second, by making the desires and questions that have animated and propelled that history their own—Who am I? Who is God? How am I to live? What is goodness? What is truth?
"The proper presentation of history should therefore further cultivate the art of questioning, as an expression of their innate desire for the happiness found in God."
"[My son's] last field trip was to the National Shrine of the North American Martyrs. It was a 3 hour trip there and back. We said the Rosary on the way there, attended Mass, toured the Shrine and visited where St. Kateri lived. Now, he wants to invite the Pope, when he's in New York, to come to upstate New York and say Mass at the Shrine." a St. John Bosco parent