Michael van Hecke

MICHAEL J. VAN HECKE, M.Ed., a seasoned headmaster and educational speaker, is also the founder and president of The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education and the Catholic Textbook Project. In their spare time, he and his wife farm avocados.


The snake eats its own tail

Our outrage at sex scandals should find its way into our conversations, in our letters to editors, in our forming our children in morality and decency, and in our Catholic schools

K-12 News

Cleveland’s clarion call

A grassroots survey shows that Catholic schools need to form policies and curriculum around the Church’s philosophy and heritage of learning instead of the latest fad in secular models

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Catholic education: The Holy See goes back to the basics

Virtue and wisdom must be the guiding ends for our educational and parental duties

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Catholic school comeback in Philly!

Parents want to choose Catholic education for the religious and moral tethering it can provide their children in a world that often seems bereft of meaning


We fly unto thy patronage… or Dear Benefactors, Part 2

Catholic schools need our patronage to survive, but more importantly, they need our patronage to thrive


We fly unto thy patronage… or Dear Benefactors, Part 1

An investment in faithful Catholic education produces an eternal return on investment—a transformed culture and souls on their way to heaven

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Christ at the center in San Francisco Catholic schools… really!

It is in front of the Blessed Sacrament that both a school’s faculty and students find the real end of their Catholic education

Catholic Identity K-12

Catholic education: Social or human advocacy?

Truth does not change. Nor does human nature. Our manner and matter of education should derive from these two postulates.

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Wonder of wonders: South Florida educators connect students to reality

Wonder of wonders, indeed. In an age when instructional minutes are logged with the attention of gold dust collectors, where documenting each standard, sub-standard, and sub-sub-standard is the teachers’ burden, it is refreshingly wonderful to see that Catholic schools in south Florida are pursuing wonder first. It is wonderful to see these Catholic schools striving to truly educate their students—educate, from the Latin educere, meaning to “lead out from.” On Aug. 21, the Archdiocese of Miami and the Diocese of Palm Beach were educating their students in a most literal way—literally “leading (the students) out from (the classroom).” They decided…