Feb 1, 2022
This week is Celebrate Catholic Schools Week across America. Catholic schools enrolled more than 5 million students in the mid-1960s but today just 1.6 million. Many things have contributed to this decline including family economic stress, rising college costs, and other factors. And, of course, massive secularization.
In order to thrive once again, Catholic schools must strive, in partnership with parents, for excellence in the formation of the whole person. Because the core purpose of Catholic schools is to teach our faith, imitating public schools will not lead to thriving Catholic schools. And, after all, why should parents pay tuition to a Catholic school if it is indistinguishable from their public school?
The stakes are really high. Now, more than ever, this world needs children who embrace the truths of our Church, who understand that God created us male and female, who believe in the sanctity of life, who see the human dignity of each of God’s children, and who believe in objective truth.
There will be challenges, of course, when we stick to our mission of teaching the Catholic faith.