catapult magazine

catapult magazine

vol. 13, num. 8 :: 2014.04.18 — 2014.05.01

Learning happens everywhere all the time, but schools provide spaces specifically committed to education.  Learning might be the only constant, however, as schools vary widely in terms of size, location, philosophy, pedagogy and more.  On our experiences with schools, from Sunday school to university.



The glory of learning

A tribute to Mr. Closz, and to all of the students who ponder the great mysteries of life.

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Schooled in poetry

Can a poem change the world?


Playing at life

A case for fewer measurable goals, and a lot more screwing around.


Learning’s heartbeat

Tracking down the origins of a persistent rhythm.

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Lessons learned

Observations from a life as a teacher, student and parent involved with many schools.

Thunderstorm at a bus stop

Remembering the work of a good biology teacher.


In case you missed it the first time

No tears flow at the mall

Teaching children how to have a relationship with the natural environment cures an ache that is only temporarily dulled by material things.

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Thorough converts

American Protestant universities are currently faced with the challenge of defining an approach to culture that fears neither questions nor answers. In this sense, what does an effective institution look like?

Weaving the web

Religious education

Eileen Markey on a Catholic mother’s faith made genuine by doubt.


The damaging effects of shame-based sex education

Kristen Howerton writes about lessons learned from Elizabeth Smart.


daily asterisk

Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.

Paulo Freire
Pedagogy of the Oppressed

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