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Discussing Today's Moral Issues with our Children

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children….education in the virtues.” If you’ve arrived at this course description, you may already agree, but how do we, as parents, steer our children toward virtue in a world that is saturated in vice? We know that we cannot fully shield our kids from the immorality of the world, but we certainly can arm them with God-given truths that will protect their hearts and minds as they grow. Join Monika Minehart, mother of four and Department Chair of the Aquinas House of Studies, for an 8-week workshop on how to approach the toughest topics of our day with our children. In this course, we will read and discuss Leila Miller & Trent Horn’s book Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today’s Tough Moral Questions. Throughout each class, we will create action plans that we can keep as a personal resource to fit the needs of our own unique families.

Topics covered: Understanding Natural Law, Sex Outside of Marriage, Same-Sex Marriage, Divorce, Contraception, Abortion, Reproductive Technologies, Modesty, Pornography, Transgender Identity, Gender Politics, Homosexuality.

Required Materials:
Books and supplies are not included in the purchase of the course.

  • Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today’s Tough Moral Questions, Leila Miller & Trent Horn
  • The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality*, The Pontifical Council for the Family
  • Humanae Vitae*, Pope Paul VI
  • Gratissimam Sane*, Pope John Paul II 

*These documents can easily be found in the Vatican online archives at

Monika Minehart, Chair of Aquinas House of Studies, a military spouse and mother of four, has been working in Catholic Religious Education for over 15 years. She has instructed children and adults as a Director of Religious Education, Youth Minister, and Faith Formation Facilitator. She earned her B.A. in English and Early Christian Studies from The University of Michigan and her M.A. in Divinity from The University of Chicago with a focus in Biblical Studies and Koine Greek. In addition to being a homemaker and homeschooling mother, Monika enjoys reading, weightlifting, and listening to a variety of uplifting music especially Danielle Rose, The Vigil Project, and the Hillbilly Thomists.

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

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  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

Red checkmarkScanner: In this class, students frequently submit homework assignments by scanning pages from their workbooks. Students and/or their parents should have easy access to a scanner and the ability to use it.


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