Education Reform

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent editorial written by Micheal Flaherty on Catholic education reform.

Here is an excerpt from the editorial:

Parent Revolution has made national news in its ongoing attempt to use California’s new “parent trigger” law, which allows parents to transform a failing school by, among other things, replacing it with a charter school. Parents have already filed a charter petition in the Compton Unified School District, where only 47% of students graduate and less than 2% go to college. It is this injustice that enrages Ms. Serrato and Ms. Sanchez, both 20-somethings who attended Los Angeles public schools and then graduated from Stanford and Yale, respectively.

You can read the whole editorial here.

I also came across an interesting article in the City Journal written by Sol Stern. He writes about Pathways to Excellence, a strategic plan to revitalize Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York.  Here is an excerpt from the article:

In recent years, urban dioceses across the country—for example, in Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.—have belatedly concocted strategic plans, trying desperately to reverse the downward spiral. Others, such as Chicago’s, are beginning the planning process. But the most ambitious of all the efforts to date is Pathways to Excellence, which the Archdiocese of New York unveiled last October. The reforms that Pathways will execute—coupled with several that it hasn’t proposed—might just manage to save New York’s vital Catholic schools.

You can read the whole article here.

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5 Responses to “Education Reform”

  1. Brian Cullen says:

    I’m pretty sure this is not the way to contact Archbishop Dolan, though I’m not sure if there is a way to an optimal way to contact him. I suppose what I want to say more than anything is thanks for his example of a holy priest as I wait to hear if I’ve been accepted to the seminary in my Archdiocese (not new York). God bless.

  2. Your Excellency
    I love the title of your recent post to your blog – “Education Reform”

    I would like the readers to pay specific attention to what Pope Benedict XVI said when he addressed Catholic educators on April 17, 2008 during his Apostolic Visit to the United States

    Here is an except from his address:

    “In regard to faculty members at Catholic colleges universities, I wish to reaffirm the great value of academic freedom. In virtue of this freedom you are called to search for the truth wherever careful analysis of evidence leads you. Yet it is also the case that any appeal to the principle of academic freedom in order to justify positions that contradict the faith and the teaching of the Church would obstruct or even betray the university’s identity and mission; a mission at the heart of the Church’s munus docendi and not somehow autonomous or independent of it.

    Teachers and administrators, whether in universities or schools, have the duty and privilege to ensure that students receive instruction in Catholic doctrine and practice. This requires that public witness to the way of Christ, as found in the Gospel and upheld by the Church’s Magisterium, shapes all aspects of an institution’s life, both inside and outside the classroom. Divergence from this vision weakens Catholic identity and, far from advancing freedom, inevitably leads to confusion, whether moral, intellectual or spiritual.”

    http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/speeches/2008/april/documents/hf_ben-xvi_spe_20080417_cath-univ-washington_en.html

    You can read the entire text in the site above

    I am a great believer in authentic Catholic education.

    Be assured of my daily prayers

    Your brother in Christ
    Joe Reciniello

  3. Irene says:

    I found that speech particularly inspiring where the Pope talked about our tradition of providing a Catholic education to the poor and to immigrants. And how, today, we should still strive to ensure that Catholic schools are accessible to all children, regardless of their economic and social class.

  4. Jennster says:

    We should encourage even the middle class kids to get back to Catholic education. Right now they are victims of seculariztion via the public schools. I shudder when I read real estate ads that proclaim a town has “good schools.” These are code words for large, expensive, public, secular schools…… no Christmas, no Easter, no Catholic doctrine allowed in those places…..in effect, we are losing whole generations of Catholic students one decade after another.

  5. Katherine says:

    I applaud the Archdiocese of NY for what it does to provide a Catholic education for young people. I also appreciate that with the annual full page newspaper appeal the Archdiocese makes, they pick the New York Times as the paper. While I know a full page ad in the Times means spending a lot of money, I can’t imagine a Catholic ministry paying money to their competition, the tawdry New York Post (if anyone doesn’t know what I mean, just see the front page of today’s NY Post — IF you are over 21)