Catholic education | Values received, excellence achieved

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in February

It seems as though two distinct and divergent sets of values are emerging in our society. One set seems to promote egocentrism, entitlement, moral relativism, instant gratification, and self-aggrandizement while the other embraces concepts such as faith, compassion, self-discipline, determination, accountability, and respect and empathy for others.

 

Parents who hope to raise their children with the latter set of values definitely have their work cut out for them these days. The media and popular culture continually undermine their efforts to instill positive values in their children by sending and reinforcing the message that individual desires and impulses always take precedence over the needs of others and by dismissing positive values as antiquated or obsolete notions.

But parents who send their children to Catholic schools find that the values they hope to impart to them are upheld and reinforced in a supportive, caring environment. As a result, kids educated in Catholic schools emerge better educated, better citizens, and better prepared to deal with the opportunities and challenges life has in store for them.

Here’s what a Catholic education will mean for your child.

Safe, supportive learning environment

With their emphasis on Catholic faith, individual responsibility, parental involvement, and respect for human dignity, problems such as behavioral challenges, substance abuse, and risks of violence are significantly lower in Catholic schools than in non-faith-based school systems. In addition, smaller class sizes mean that all students receive the support, personal attention, and interaction they need to excel academically.

Elevated expectations

Catholic school teachers understand the basic principle that self-esteem results from accomplishment, not vice versa. Students are expected to achieve in their academic endeavors, and they’re given the tools and support they need to do so. The bar of achievement is set high with the goal of preparing students for the rigors of secondary education and the working world.

Christ-centered learning

Christ’s example is the foundation upon which Catholic education is based. Children are encouraged and nurtured to be Christ-like people and to recognize the presence of Christ in others. Parents appreciate the fact that Catholic schools uphold and strengthen the religious formation they’ve begun in the home.

Emphasis on self-discipline

Personal responsibility is a hallmark of Catholic education. Students are given the decision-making skills they need to make sound judgments throughout their lives and to extend the respect and dignity deserved by others. Self-discipline leads to academic success, which leads to a more significant contribution to society.

Parents who care

Just like you, other parents of Catholic school students want to play an active role in their children’s educational experience. In fact, many parents volunteer in a variety of capacities, such as playground or lunchroom supervision, classroom assistance, fieldtrip support, fundraising assistance, and many other areas. And the support works both ways. The schools are also happy to work together with parents as a team to help solve any problems or challenges that might arise.

Part of a community

When your child becomes a part of a Catholic school, your family also becomes a member of this supportive, enriching community, which will allow your entire family to continue growing in their Catholic faith.

College in the future

A college degree is critical to career success, and Catholic schools are focused on preparing students for entry into college. A very large majority of elementary and secondary Catholic school students attend college. In fact, according to the National Catholic Educational Association, 99% of Catholic secondary school students graduate and 97% go on to college.❦

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