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Catholic Education: Catholic School Identity 11/10/2009
Our debaters for this month's Debate will be Michael Matt and Dr. Kevin Ferdinandt

Mr. Matt’s central claim is that the Homeschool movement is "fighting back” in terms of serving both as an important alternate option to Catholic School education and as a safe-guard for depositing Catholic tradition and identity. Dr. Ferdinandt, though sympathetic toward homeschooling, provides a voice of opposition to Mr. Matt’s claim; Dr. Ferdinandt highlights the benefits of Catholic School education, and points out key liabilities of the homeschooling movement.

The AOTM would like to welcome back Michael Matt.

Some of you may remember him from last year when he debated Mr. Deavel on ecumenism. It was a great debate we are glad to have him back.

Mr. Michael Matt

Mr. Matt has been the editor of The Remnant since 1990. He is the grandson of the founder of The Wanderer and son of the founder of The Remnant. A graduate of Christendom College, he has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and anti-Christian trends in the modern state. He's also authored several books including Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock 'n' Roll), and is a co-author of Love in Ruins: Modern Catholics in Search of the Ancient Faith.

He is a faculty member of Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy, and is US Coordinator for Notre-Dame de Chrétienté where for the last 20 years he has organized the American Chapter on the 3-day Pilgrimage to Chartres, France. He will lead the American chapter to Chartres again in 2010.

Michael and his wife Carol homeschool their six children in Scandia, Minnesota.
What's on the Menu


AOTM General Event Information

4:00pm Social Hour, Appetizers and Cigars in Tent
7:00pm Dinner
7:30pm Debate
9:30 Wrap Up
Adult General Admission: $20
Minor General Admission: $15
(One cost for both tickets at the door) and
(Sons under 21).

Note: Next Season, the ticket cost on line will be less than at the door. Please buy tickets online! It helps us keep costs down and manage the event more effectively!

Audio Files
Title Speaker(s) Date Type Format Download
Catholic Education: Catholic School Identity Michael Matt, Kevin Ferdinand 11/10/2009 Talk/Debate MP3 Download
Catholic Education: Catholic School Identity Michael Matt, Kevin Ferdinand 11/10/2009 Talk/Debate MP3 Download

Event Speakers

Michael Matt

Kevin Ferdinand

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