Global Health Equity: Catholic Social Teaching

Statement:

I teach Catholic Social Teaching to Seniors and Morality to Juniors at Carrollton. Catholic Social Teaching is a perennial source of wisdom which challenges students in the class to consider the social ills of poverty, racism, sanctity of human life issues and healthcare through the lens of our most vulnerable citizens. In Mr. Boyan’s 30 years of teaching he has enjoyed a particular focus on the relationship between Catholic Social Justice Principles and public policy initiatives to address injustice. Mr. Boyan’s Seniors will study Catholic Social Justice Perspectives on the right to healthcare insurance coverage for their Quarter 4 project this Spring.


Essential Questions:

  • Students will think about whether the goals of Catholic Social Teaching are truly represented in a number of state and federal programmatic attempts to improve American’s health care. Do programs like The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid observe Catholic Social Justice Principles like the preference for the poor and vulnerable and solidarity?

Concepts and Content:

The students will know and understand…

  • The students will know and understand the seven themes of Catholic Social Justice teaching and the details of the health insurance program (Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP etc.) they will be evaluating.

Skills:

The students will be able to…

  • Students will be able to apply critical thinking skills to evaluate whether the health insurance program they choose matches up with the goals of Catholic Social Teaching. Students will demonstrate their ability to understand the content with an oral presentation on the evidence.

Assessmemts:

Class Discussion

Formative: Class Activity

  • Diagnosing student knowledge of how healthcare works in America through class discussion.

Project Presentations

Summative: Oral Report

  • Students will present informative oral presentation concerning their evaluation of chosen healthcare insurance program as related to Catholic Social Justice Principles.

Learning Activities:

  • Ted Talks
  • Speakers
  • Debates

Goals and Criteria:

Foundational Principles, Goals and Criteria

The goals of this project learning experience effectively recall the five values that have formed the framework of Sacred Heart Education from its beginning. The student can see through the lens of a personal faith in God the plight of the vulnerable uninsured and apply rigorous intellectual study to seek solutions. The social awareness she develops from learning how to best assist the uninsured should impel her to take action with her elected representatives. Additionally the student will explore whether the wise freedom decision to expand healthcare coverage will assist in the Sacred Heart goal to build Christian Community in the U.S.

Resources:

  • LIVING JUSTICE AND PEACE: CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING IN PRACTICE, SAINT MARY’S PRESS
  • CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MORALITY: REAL QUESTIONS, CANDID RESPONSES, RICHARD SPARKS