What do you think of Catholic School?
I am having a hard time because I chose to send my son to Catholic School. Where I live there are not a lot of choices and I have to drive 1/2 hour each way to send him. I want him to have the spirituality and religion in school and feel that with all of the things kids today are bombarded with, it would be good to have my values reinforced in school. But, on the flip side, it is stressing me out to make this drive on a very busy interstate to get there, which in a sense has made me less Christian because I become irritable. It also has the added stress of the financial burden because we are not wealthy and this is really stretching our budget.
I guess I’m wondering in the long run if it is worth the effort and money?
FATHER JOE RESPONDS: Years ago when Catholic education was virtually free, Catholic families were often obliged to put their kids into Catholic schools. However, as the population grew, the schools, even in their heyday, could not hold them all, and so we saw the growth of CCD programs (usually on weekends) to supplement public school education with Catholic religion. I have a definite preference for good Catholic schools, but must also admit that I have been highly impressed with homeschooling efforts. Speaking for myself, I was the oldest of seven. We were poor but the religious sister in charge of the parish school said she would take my brother Mike. However, she told my mother that I was “too sickly and stupid”. Mother told her that if she could not take one then she could not get the other. We all went to public schools and went to CCD, first on Saturdays and later on Sundays. My public school first grade teacher did not think much of my abilities either. Halfway through the year, I recall her telling my mother in the hallway adjacent to the classroom, “your son Joey is retarded and needs to go to a special school.” Mother raised hell and another teacher took charge of me the following year– yes, I repeated first grade! I was always very studious about religion and later this got me into trouble. Because I was often able to correct my high school CCD teacher, he called my father in one morning and told him that I did not have to come anymore. Yes, you heard me right, I got kicked out of CCD!
Hum, maybe I am the wrong person to whom to ask this question?