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Conditions For Success

James L. Heft S.M.

in Catholic High Schools

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199796656
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919352 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796656.003.0001
Conditions For Success

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This chapter first lays out the book's three arguments. First, Catholic schools have an enduring value which deserves greater support from parents, pastors, and the religious and public sector. Second, the value of Catholic schools, so dependent in the past on the services and pedagogical skills of thousands of religious sisters, brothers and priests, can be sustained by dedicated, justly compensated, and appropriately educated lay leaders. And third, since Catholic culture has weakened dramatically over the last fifty years, Catholic educators must address critically the dominant culture that shapes so much of the way students—indeed, not just students, but many educators themselves—think today. The chapter then presents some statistics on the closing of Catholic schools and discusses the ambivalence over Catholic schools. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: Catholic schools; lay leaders; Catholic culture; Catholic educators; ambivalence

Chapter.  5078 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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