While Catholic Schools Week reminds us of the best in Catholic education, it’s also a time to be honest about the struggles of Catholic schools. Matthew Archbold—a father, Catholic columnist and reporter—chronicles his frustrating search for an authentic Catholic high school for his 8th grade daughter in his blog post, “Searching for a Catholic High School,” at the National Catholic Register.
“…[A]s someone who is concerned about Catholic education, the results have been a bit disheartening,” writes Archbold, who also reports on Catholic education for The Cardinal Newman Society.
He relates his experiences at various Catholic high schools:
The first tour I went on, the first person the school had everyone meet was an elderly nun in a wheelchair. Nice woman. I’m still unsure what her responsibilities at the school were but she was very nice. Other than her I don’t think there was anything else there to indicate the school was Catholic at all except the crucifixes on the classroom walls.
At one of the other schools where my daughter “shadowed,” a theology teacher showed “Frosty the Snowman” as a lesson on a Catholic understanding of friendship. You know, that might be ok for third graders but not high school. Come on. It’s not like the Catholic Church hasn’t had anything to say about loving one’s neighbor and all. We shouldn’t have to depend on Frosty for that.
I have to assume that many of you are going through similar issues. It’s pretty darn depressing out there folks.
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