Educators

“Other middle and high-school history textbooks lack the qualities that Catholic Textbook Project’s offer… beautifully and clearly presented. Without proselytizing, and without pressing any worldview other than the importance of understanding the past…

“Teachers and students who use the Catholic Textbook Project series will be happy to know that  in college its readers will know more about history than many of their professors as well as most of their classmates.”

— Jeffrey Burton Russell, Professor of History, Emeritus, UC, Santa Barbara

“This carefully researched, beautifully written, and elegantly  designed four-volume textbook series at long last gives full weight to the contribution of Roman Catholics across five centuries of North American exploration and settlement.  The saga of France and Spain in this regard is already well known.  These wonderful volumes, however, now bring to light the English-speaking Roman Catholic presence in North America and the contributions of Catholics of many backgrounds to the creation and development of the United States.”   

Kevin Starr, University Professor, Professor of History, University of Southern California (USC), California State Librarian Emeritus, USC Medallion 2005, National Humanities Medalist 2006, Centennial Medalist, GSAS Harvard University 2006

“In the Diocese of Lincoln, the Catholic Textbook Project History textbooks are the recommended texts for grades 5–10, and endorsed by Bishop Conley.” 

Sister Collette Bruskewitz, OSF, Assistant Superintendent, Diocese of Lincoln

“…these books … help us promote our Catholic Identity. The information is well-written and presented in colorful eye-appealing pages that engage the learner.”

Maria Christina Buckowski, principal, Saint Anthony School, San Gabriel, California

“After examining them, the teachers and I concluded unanimously to adopt the textbooks and its instructional support materials at our school for the year 2013-14.”

Federina S. Gullano, Principal, Mary Immaculate School, Pacoima, California

“After reviewing copies of All Ye Lands and Light to the Nations Part 1, we would love to purchase the books for our students. We especially love the manner in which our Catholic faith is evident throughout the lessons. Our students would most certainly benefit from the textbooks.”

M. Teresa Villareal, Principal, Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Los Angeles

“We are very pleased with the high standard of content and the integration of the Catholic Faith component into the textbooks…It was a great idea to incorporate what our Church was doing, saying and partaking of during the different periods in history.”

Edgar Sedano, Principal, Our Lady Help of Christians School, Los Angeles

“As the new principal this school year, I have been assigned to bring St. Alphonsus School back to a viable Catholic learning environment… The acquisition of the beautiful new social studies series from Catholic Textbook Project would be a blessing and a start on the road to recovery for our school….

“We just received our beautiful new Social Studies textbooks and are opening the boxes now. Our office manager, Carmen, and our 8th grade teacher Mrs. Sanchez actually began to cry tears of joy.”

Joe Sera, Jr., Principal, St. Alphonsus Catholic School, Los Angeles

“Our students are thrilled with the new Social Studies books…”

Sister Marita Olango, FDZ, Principal, St. Elisabeth School, California

“We have reviewed the series and look forward to using these wonderful new textbooks that bring a fresh, Catholic perspective!”

Thomas A. Ambriz, MA, MBA, Principal, Saint Ferdinand Catholic School, San Fernando, California

“I wish you could have seen the reactions by the teachers to your textbook samples. There was such joy in their faces when they saw the way the books were formatted and the accompanying materials (CD, teacher workbook). I knew I would be a villain if I exposed them to your books and was unable to secure them for their students. Thank you so much for having a product worth fighting to share with our students and staff…”

Monica M. Lomenzo, St. Gertrude the Great, Bell Gardens, California

“We are speechless here at Saint Sebastian School! We loved the materials.. The books are fabulous and we are more than excited to get them into our students’ hands.”

Dr. Kristine Vardanyan, Principal, St. Sebastian School, Los Angeles

“In terms of supplementing content, it makes much more sense to supplement a Catholic textbook to meet specific standards rather than the reverse. No matter what the subject matter.

“If we, as Catholic educators, use a secular textbook for social studies, for example, but must repeatedly tell our students that this book left something out or that it was not accurate in certain fundamental premises, then we send students a mixed message.  

“Why should a student trust a book that has to be corrected?  Why should a Catholic student trust a book that denies the possibility of the supernatural? And yet ironically here is a classic application of the modern educational concept ‘hidden curriculum.’

“No matter how much we try to correct a flawed text to bring it into harmony with the faith, the very fact that we have chosen the flawed textbook as the primary text in the first place sends the students the hidden (and erroneous) message that the secular text is superior to the Catholic alternative. And despite our best efforts to the contrary, the faith is undermined. 

“Instead, if we use a Catholic textbook for social studies; one that tells the story of history from a perspective that is open to discover and present whatever is true—the good and the bad alike—students benefit.  Then, if we supplement a textbook that is fully accurate, we enhance rather than destroy a child’s trust — and our presentation has integrity in both senses of that word. I think Jesus put it much more succinctly: ‘Seek first the kingdom of God and everything else will be added unto you.’”

Fr. Norbert Wood, O.Praem., seasoned educator

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