WIN CASH PRIZES … AND TEACH HISTORY TOO — Catholic school students in grades 5 – 12 are invited to enter our annual essay contest. The contest is open to all students in Catholic schools – parochial, private and homeschool…. Here are the rules and details… (more…)
Thank you to all the students who participated in this year’s contest. The judges always learn something new from the essays and enjoy the youthful enthusiasm poured into them. Here are the winners:
Winners of the Second Annual Catholic Textbook Project History Essay Contest, and their Awards: (more…)
To arrange an interview, obtain photos, or more information, please call or email Karen Walker — by phone at 949.370.1442 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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09/14/16 – Third Annual Essay Contest Launched
09/03/16 – National RADIO INTERVIEW with CTP Founder Michael Van Hecke (Click below)
05/30/16 – Announcing 2016 History Essay Winners
06/30/04 - New History Textbooks Take Story Approach to Teaching History (pdf)
07/22/03 – First History Textbook for Catholic Schools in 40 years (pdf)
04/22/02 – Advance Notice of New Textbook (pdf)
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05/30/15 – RADIO INTERVIEW—on EWTN’s The Catholic Business Hour, with host Dick Lyles (click to download MP3 file)
09/17/11 – “A 50-Year Breakthrough: History Textbooks for Catholic Schools”—The Official Catholic Directory 2011(pdf)
01/30/10 – RADIO INTERVIEW— on EWTN’s The Good Fight with Barbara McGuigan (Click on the XML button for “The Good Fight“)
09/10/03 – Religious Life interview with Michael van Hecke (pdf)
08/21/03 – Seeking Textbooks Fit for Catholic Schools – EWTN (link)
08/28/03 – Lou Dobbs Tonight story - transcript from CNN.com (pdf)
08/21/03 – Zenit interview - transcript (pdf)
08/2002 – National Catholic Register (link)
04/2002 – “Fresh Tools for Teaching Old Truths” – Catholic Exchange (pdf)
One will be for 7th -9th grade students, using CTP text Light to the Nations I: A History of Christian Civilization. This course examines how Christendom – the society founded on the Catholic Church and her Faith – came to be. It looks at the cultural, intellectual, historical, and religious foundations upon which Christendom was raised. It then examines the events of the Reformation through the beginnings of the 18th century – the period when the unity of Christendom in the Catholic faith was shattered. The course is divided into two parts: Part One (first semester) begins with a brief review of history before the birth of Christ and continues to the period of the Medieval Reformation in the 11th and 12th centuries; Part Two (second semester) continues the story, from the rise of nation states in the Middle Ages to about 1750.
The second course will be for high school students, using CTP e-book Lands of Hope & Promise: A History of North America. This course examines the history of the major civilizations of North America from the discovery of America in 1492 to the 1970s. It will examine the events, cultural movements and ideas that led to the founding of the United States and contributed to its development as a major power and influence in both North America and the world as a whole. The course also examines the development of Latin America after the 18th century by examining concurrently the history of Mexico – and thus provides a counterpoint to U.S. history by looking at how the ideas that predominated in Anglo-America worked themselves out in a very different social and cultural context. In addition to the common themes discussed in standard American history courses, this course highlights the role of the Catholic Church and the Catholic faithful in U.S. and Latin American history and how Catholics adjusted themselves to a civilization that in many respects was very different from what they had known in Europe. The course is divided into two parts: Part I (first semester) begins with Columbus’ discovery of America and proceeds to the beginning of the U.S. Civil War; Part II (second semester) continues with the Civil War and concludes with the beginnings of the contemporary world in the 1970s.
These are live, interactive classes with grading and earned credit. For more information and to register go here. There is a discount for registering before August 1st and classes fill up quickly.
Michael Van Hecke