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4/14/2004 - 12:00 AM PST

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Date: April 14, 2004

Contact: Karen Walker
Media Relations

New Textbook Making History in Nation's Catholic Schools

--Nine U.S. bishops endorse this new Catholic Schools Textbook Project, Seven U.S. bishops serve on the project's Episcopal advisory board--

The new Catholic Schools Textbook Project history series, which has been featured on CNN, is now in Catholic schools in all 50 states, and in Canada, the Philippines, on U.S. military bases in Germany, and in other English-speaking countries around the world. This series is the first history textbook series written for Catholic schools in 40 years. More than 10% of United States dioceses are currently either reviewing or have approved the textbooks, one diocese recently adopted it for use in all its schools, four others are considering doing likewise. The company today announced that the series' third volume is slated to be in the warehouse by mid-summer, for use in classrooms Fall 2004.

The newest textbook in the history series, A Light to the Nations: Ancient to Medieval, covers the shaping of Western tradition--prehistory, first civilizations, ancient Egypt, Israel, Greece, Rome through medieval Christendom. Using contemporary, four-color graphic design, the textbook features illustrations, charts, and geography of the Mediterranean world, as well as vignettes of saints and great men and women of the time. Supplemental material includes documents, art, literature, poetry and music. It is suitable for grades 7 through 11. Like others in this series, this textbook uses a compelling story-telling approach to present the facts of history, capturing the student's imagination and helping to make history come alive in its presentation.

Two of the series' textbooks already in print are: From Sea to Shining Sea: The Story of America, which covers the Indian nations, European colonization, the founding and history of the United States up to the beginning of the 20th Century, and All Ye Lands: World Cultures and Geography, which covers the origins and stories of world peoples and cultures--European, African and Asian--and geography of the world. It includes biographical vignettes, timelines, maps and other illustrations.

"Finally, a history textbook series that tells the truth with historical accuracy! ...The response of teachers, students and parents [to this series] has been overwhelmingly positive. The maps, graphs, charts and sidebars are extremely helpful. This is by far the best history textbook series in many years...We intend to integrate the entire Catholic Schools Textbook Project series into our curriculum," adds Jack Kersting, headmaster of Trinity Grammar and Prep in Napa, California.

"From the moment the Catholic Schools Textbook Project was introduced to me, I have welcomed its mission. Catholic education needs textbooks in which a student can grasp the work of faith across the whole of history," notes Sr. John Dominic, principal of Holy Spirit Academy in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

For more information about the History textbooks for Catholic schools, call toll free (866) 458-3332 or check online at

About the Catholic Schools Textbook Project: A project of the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, Institute for Catholic Liberal Education, the Catholic Schools Textbook Project is the brainchild of a frustrated headmaster, Michael Van Hecke, who could not find suitable history textbooks for his students. The project is dedicated to developing new textbooks for Catholic schools that (1) recognize and promote the relationship between Faith and reason and (2) engage and inspire Catholic students, thereby helping teachers and others fulfill the fundamental mission of Catholic education. The Catholic Schools Textbooks Project web site is For more information, call toll-free (866) 458-3332.

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Catholic Schools Textbook Project  CA,  US
Karen Walker - media relations, 949 661-6065


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