Friday, November 15, 2013

The failure of diocesan Catholic schools

Over at Rod Dreher's blog, Rod very kindly highlighted a comment of mine about diocesan Catholic schools which is sparking an interesting discussion; I encourage those of you interested in education matters to join the conversation over there.

Any of Rod's readers coming over here might be interested in a few other posts of mine about Catholic education and education in general:

The failure of Catholic education

What's wrong with Catholic schools

The two biggest problems with diocesan Catholic education

The real question is, can Catholic education be fixed?  If so, how?  I don't pretend to know, but would be interested in hearing what others have to say.


R J said...

Perhaps the only crumb of comfort in the American Catholic school situation is that in other countries things are probably worse (morally if not physically). In Australia, for example, purportedly Catholic schools (like Protestant schools and most Jewish schools, though not Orthodox yeshivas and not madrassas) have been receiving sky’s-the-limit federal funding since the 1970s.

Australia of course has no First Amendment, and as a result, no possibility of Supreme Court intervention against parochial aid. The taxpayer-subsidized largess has left Aussies with absolutely predictable consequences in terms of intellectual standards or simple avoidance of moral corruption. If a school run by pedophile priests is getting as much money as a school run by non-pedophile priests, where's the advantage in staying faithful to clerical vows?

For what it is worth, I attempted to explain the situation in The New American not so long ago:

Anonymous said...

If Catholic schools want to nourish their students and lead them in the way of truth, beauty, and goodness (rather than being just another collection of modernist schools with a quaint religious veneer), then they should get back to their ancient and medieval roots and embrace the Great Books and the classical trivium.