I am a public school teacher. I teach middle school social studies and one of the chapters for my 7th grade curriculum is about the Israelites. It is one of, if not my favorite chapter that I am able to get to with my kids. A lot of them also enjoy it because we go over things that many of them remember from the Bible, etc. (what a rare opportunity in public school, right?). When we talk about the influence of the Israelites on Christianity and we talk about a lot of the Old Testament figures, mostly Moses and the 12 Tribes of Israel, the students typically ask my religious affiliation. Their questions come in the following form, “Mr. T are you Christian or Catholic?” This question comes about multiple times a year and every year! I am always baffled. My answer then turns into a mini-rant on how Catholicism is indeed Christianity. I end with, “All Catholics are Christian but not all Christians are Catholic.” Now I understand that their age lends them some ignorance to the topic but I am seeing this as a real trend. A lot of people, young and old, do not consider Catholicism to be a form of Christianity and, for me, it is extremely troubling. Not only as a historian but as a Catholic. Has anyone else come across this misconception? Thoughts?