Behind Every Successful Student is a Catholic School

I would like to share with you two excellent columns written by New York Post’s Michael Goodwin on Catholic Schools.

Here is an excerpt from his column:

So it goes in New York’s tiresome public-school wars. Meanwhile, there’s another city school system that doesn’t make headlines. It just keeps chugging forward, quietly carrying its students to remarkable success at about half the cost of the public system. Teachers are unionized, yet the schools succeed without endless confrontation.

New York’s Catholic schools are the little engine that could. Their success doesn’t make news because there’s nothing shocking about it. It happens routinely, year after year, student after student.

Some 80 percent of Catholic high-school freshmen graduate in four years. Nearly all take the SAT test, and their average scores are higher than the public system’s, where the rate of test takers is far lower. About 96 percent of Catholic-school grads go to college, the bulk to four-year institutions.

You can read his whole column here.

In his second column, Goodwin writes about the public’s reaction to his previous column.

Here is an excerpt:

Readers, including public-school teachers, don’t deny that Catholic schools do a better job of educating minority children who come from poor families, and at far less cost than public schools. They concede that those kids, about 40 percent of whom are not Catholic, are more likely to succeed in life as a result.

But most believe that success or failure happens before those children ever walk through the school door. The way they see it, behind every failing child are failing parents.

You can read the whole column here.

 

 

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7 Responses to “Behind Every Successful Student is a Catholic School”

  1. AndyP/Doria2 says:

    This subject above all others is what causes many of my postings on this blog to be on the negative side. I stand with St. John Chrysostum who once said, “Those who are not angry, when there is cause for anger, sin.”

    “As a young 20 something in the 1970′s – 80′ I watched helplessly as Protestan Fundamentalists wreaked havoc on my childhood neighborhood as too many of my former Catholic school classmates left our beloved Church because they were woefully unprepared for the onslaught of so called Bible only Christians. We were not taught, nor had we ever heard of the study of Apologetics (the defense of ones beliefs.)

    We were easy pickings for the well trained Catholic bashers who used a few well chosen Bible verses to hook woefully under catechized Catholics and reel them in.

    So I read this article here today and see the same old quotes:

    “Some 80 percent of Catholic high-school freshmen graduate in four years. Nearly all take the SAT test, and their average scores are higher than the public system’s, where the rate of test takers is far lower. About 96 percent of Catholic-school grads go to college, the bulk to four-year institutions.”

    My question is how many of these graduates are still Catholic.

    Worse yet, the following article shows it is still happening. This time in Latin America. Deja Vu all over again.

    Pope examines why Latin American Catholics join evangelical churches By David Kerr

    Vatican City, Jun 22, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict believes that Catholics who convert to evangelical Christianity often do so because they experience a lack of fervor, joy and community within Catholic parishes – rather than for doctrinal reasons.

    “Often sincere people who leave our Church do not do so as a result of what non-Catholic groups believe, but fundamentally as a result of their own lived experience; for reasons not of doctrine but of life; not for strictly dogmatic, but for pastoral reasons; not due to theological problems, but to methodological problems of our Church,”he told a delegation of Colombian bishops at the Vatican June 21. The Pope’s comments were specifically focused on Latin America, where“the increasingly active presence of Pentecostal and Evangelical communities … cannot be ignored or underestimated.”

    Despite statistics indicating that more than 90 percent of Colombians still identify themselves as Catholics, in recent decades the rate of conversions to evangelical Protestantism has increased across Latin America, particularly in poor urban neighborhoods. Such a trend, the Pope said, suggests that increasing numbers of Christians feel called “to purification and the revitalization of their faith.”

    In response to this, he urged Catholics to become “better believers, more pious, affable and welcoming in our parishes and communities, so that no-one feels distant or excluded.” The Pope also offered some practical advice, calling for better catechesis – particularly to the young – carefully prepared homilies during Mass and the promotion of Catholic doctrine in schools and universities.

    If Catholics strive to follow this path, the Pope said, it will help awaken in them “the aspiration to share with others the joy of following Christ and become members of His mystical body.”
    Similarly important, he said, is social solidarity with those who suffer most due to poverty or violence. A 2009 survey by polling company Gallup found that nearly 1 in 5 Colombians has had a close friend or relative murdered in past 12 months.

    The Pope called for increased help for those people “whose fundamental rights are trampled underfoot and are forced to abandon home and family under the threat of terror and criminality,” as well as“those who have fallen into the barbarous networks of drugs or arms dealing.” Such “generous and fraternal” help, he said, is not born of “any human calculation” but from “love for God and neighbor: the source from which the Church draws the strength she needs to carry out her task.”

    Link – http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-examines-why-latin-american-catholics-join-evangelical-churches/

    Apologetics should be standard fare as well as the teachings of our early Church Fathers.

  2. Walter Carcione says:

    While it has not be mentioned, the actual reason for Catholic school success is Jesus. Please give Jesus the credit. If you really think about it…there is no other answer but the hand of God.

  3. Walter Carcione says:

    While it has not been mentioned, the actual reason for Catholic school success is Jesus. Please give Jesus the credit. If you really think about it…there is no other answer but the hand of God.

  4. AndyP/Doria2 says:

    I just sent this letter to the USCCB Your Eminence. Sorry if it is off topic. It’s just that I feel it is a very important topic.

    For the life of me I can’t figure out why you would go through the huge expense of retranslating the NAB when Ignatius Press has produced, in conjunction with Scott Hahn the best New Testament study Bibles since the Haydock Bible.

    This Bible is the best I’ve seen in my 30 years of Bible study and rivals any Protestant study Bible and Lord knows the Protestants have been way ahead of us in this field for many years.

    Why spend all of this money when we already have a very readable, easy to use version already available. Check it out before you spend money we really don’t have.

  5. Robert L. Fox says:

    When I was young, I left the Church because I found Mass boring, somewhat effeminized and lacking in any real sense of the transcendent.

    I notice that communities in the US and Europe where the young and large families are flourishing are those communities devoted entirely to the Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite. Perhaps they flock to those Masses and those schools in those orders because, after all, they are Extraordinary.

    As a side note… here I think that Home Schooling is an excellent option for the modern Catholic family.

  6. Irene says:

    I’m a proud mother of two girls who are excelling socially, academically and spiritually thanks to St Gabriel parish school in the Bronx.

  7. That parental involvement correlates well to student success is pretty well established, if my half-remembered credentialing textbooks can be trusted.