Big “C” Catholic schools

Big “C” Catholic schools

Milwaukee has a school voucher plan that allows poor families to take $6,000 in tuition vouchers to the school of their choice, and for many of them that choice is a Catholic school. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says that this presents a dilemma to the Catholic schools:

But the rapidly changing student population in the Catholic schools in Milwaukee has come with its own set of issues: How can they teach theology to children who, increasingly, do not come from Catholic backgrounds? How can teaching staffs, which for years have been nearly all white, be diversified? And, for a school used to serving kids from one parish - kids often tightly connected by race, class and religion - how can the notion of what a Catholic school is, or should be, be broadened?

Broadened as in stripped. What’s the dilemma? These parents chose these schools exactly as they are. They knew coming in that the schools are Catholic and that their children would be taking Catholic religious education. This is nothing new. A good proportion of the enrollment of Catholic schools across the country are not Catholic, yet they take Catholic religious education.

Also notice the good liberal prejudice. They look first at the color of someone’s skin and assume that only someone of the same color can adequately teach children. It’s not about their qualifications or ability or experience, but their “diversity.”

Catholic schools have been diverse since the first one was founded in the US a couple of centuries ago. We’ve been way ahead of the today’s feel-good liberals, but in our case we actually accomplished something.