SJA is a Respect Life School
St. Joseph Academy adheres to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Faith in regards to all teachings. SJA teaches and promotes the sanctity of life from conception to natural death in its curriculum and extracurricular activities.
SJA is pleased to announce the adoption of The Huntsville Respect Life Curriculum K-12. This will be in addition to the pro-life teachings in the Faith and Life (grade school religion series) and Midwest Theological Forum (high school religion series) programs.
THE HUNTSVILLE RESPECT LIFE CURRICULUM
PRE-KINDERGARTEN THROUGH TWELFTH GRADES
This curriculum arises from the need to further educate our children about the wrongs of abortion. Since
abortion was legalized in the United States with the decision of Roe vs. Wade, there have been many
messages put forth in the media and society claiming that abortion is not only acceptable, but that it is
also a womans right. As some of the authors of this curriculum were attending Catholic schools for our
elementary and secondary education during the 1970s and 80s, this issue was never discussed or
taught in any formalized way. In fact, we cannot recall ever having received any lectures on abortion
during those years. Many people have had similar experiences, and today there continues to be a lack of any formal pro-life education in many (if not most) schools. Our concern is that our children are therefore not equipped to deal with the ever-present onslaught of pro-abortion rhetoric. Unless this changes, any hope of ending legalized abortion seems bleak.
"Abortion and euthanasia are crimes, which no human law can claim to legitimize. There is no
obligation in conscience to obey such laws; instead there is a grave and clear obligation to oppose
them by conscientious objection. In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting
abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to take part in a propaganda
campaign in favor of such a law, or vote for it Pope John Paul II (The Gospel of Life, No. 72)."
Many groups lobby Congress to change the law. But in the last thirty years, this has been ineffective. In
order to affect a change, we have to educate voters on the importance of this issue. When it comes to
being pro-life or pro-abortion, the reality is that most adults have already made up their minds one way or the other. Any hope lies with educating future votersour children. Christian schools are currently
graduating voters and future government leaders whose record of defending life is virtually no better than
the national average. If future generations remain uneducated, then change cannot occur. Children are
our greatest resource and hope for a society in which abortion and the culture of death is no longer
We are proposing that a pro-life curriculum, such as the one presented here, be instituted in already
existing religion classes. It could be taught elsewhere, but this seems like a natural fit for the course. Our goal is to teach that life begins at conception, that all life is important regardless of the stage of
development, and that abortion is wrong and against Gods teaching. To that end, we have designed
approximately ten lessons for each grade from pre-kindergarten through twelfth. These lesson plans
could be utilized as is, or each school could modify them as they see fit. Modifications might include
adjusting material that does not seem appropriate for a particular class or age group. However, the
lessons should always remain in accord with Christian doctrine.
This program is not sex education or simply a once a year lecture. Instead, it is a curriculum that can
teach our children about the sanctity of life over the course of many lessons throughout their elementary
and high school education. We hope to change hearts, minds, and eventually the law.
"Train up a child in the way he should go. Even when he is old he will not depart from it
(The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version, Proverbs 22:6)."
It is our hope that all Christian schools adopt this program and that a national pro-life education
curriculum be taught to all Christians. This could counter the pro-abortion rhetoric with a consistent and
persistent pro-life message from a Christian perspective. The information presented here originates from
Christian principals and Church teachings, and references for the material include the Bible and Church
writings. Other various sources have been utilized to convey this Christian, pro-life message (such as
videos). It is the hard work and dedication of everyone involved that made this curriculum possible.
For more information about The Huntsville Respect Life Curriculum please click HERE.
Note: The Huntsville Respect Life Curriculum used at St. Joseph Academy has been adjusted to fit the personal/sensitive needs of the child in a classroom setting. Certain sensitive topics have been substituted with more group setting appropriate topics, but maintaining the full pro-life message being given.
SJA is also pleased to announce the formation of a new club on campus:
Crusaders for Life
Please click HERE for more information about the pro-life activities in which our high school students will be participating.