This week is dubbed Catholic Schools Week in America the place Catholic colleges have fun our contributions to society and the worth we carry to educating the subsequent generations of leaders in America.
My kids attend Catholic elementary colleges within the Archdiocese of Louisville. This isn’t as a result of I’ve an animosity in any respect towards public colleges. Fairly the opposite. A fundamental stage of schooling is a public good and a proper in our society which is why we pay taxes to assist that public schooling system. I assist that proper and I need a terrific Jefferson County Public Schools system. My mom was a profession public educator specializing in kids with particular wants. God bless the general public college system and the necessary work they do.
I ship my kids to Catholic colleges as a result of I’m a religious Roman Catholic and perpetuating my religion via my kids is essential to me. As well as, Catholic colleges, per Catholic educating, display that Catholics worth science and motive as presents from God that don’t have any battle with our religion and spiritual beliefs.
The Catholic Church has been working establishments of studying for hundreds of years. The idea of a ‘college’ has its roots in Catholicism as many have been blessed and sanctioned by the papacy. The primary Catholic College in America is Georgetown College and Catholic colleges are the biggest academic system outdoors of the general public college system in the US. In trendy instances, the primary girl to get a Ph.D. in laptop science was Catholic Sister Mary Kenneth Keller; the creator of the big-bang concept was a Catholic priest, Father George Lemaitre; lastly, Gregor Mendel who’s the “father of recent genetics” was a Catholic monk. I may proceed however I feel we get the purpose.
Let me display how Catholic colleges used science and motive throughout this pandemic. First, when the pandemic began, our college was capable of instantly change to a web-based format with out lacking a day as a result of we had already developed one after the tutorial yr the place we misplaced 20 days of instruction as a result of snow and chilly climate.
Subsequent, our college spent day-after-day over the summer season working towards one purpose: in-person schooling. They discovered a approach to improve their air circulation and filtration techniques; they designed a number of educating choices from full on-line college to a hybrid mannequin to a full in-person mannequin in order that they have been ready for a number of situations. The in-person college plan was compliant with Facilities for Illness and Management guidelines, creating a number of layers of protections in opposition to spreading COVID.
Then got here August. We went again to highschool utilizing a mannequin that allowed each in-person attendance and a web-based choice for individuals who weren’t comfy or had different private complicating elements. They did this whereas spending a fraction of what public colleges allocate on a per pupil foundation; our lecturers and workers are paid lower than their public college counterparts, and we nonetheless operated busses to move kids to and from college.
The outcomes are in. Our college and the Catholic colleges of the archdiocese have proven zero proof of furthering the unfold of the virus. The Jefferson County public well being director mentioned this herself in testimony to the general public college board months in the past. That is per the preponderance of proof from college districts that adopted protocols however stayed open throughout the nation. If the foundations have been adopted, each private and non-private colleges didn’t contribute to the unfold and have been capable of proceed with their typical curriculum.
That is the time of yr when many mother and father are planning for the next educational yr. The Catholic college system is open for folks wishing to register their kids for the 2021-22 college yr. You don’t want to be Catholic to attend, and there are numerous applications to assist mother and father who want monetary assist to cowl tuition. In case you are like me and you have an interest in an academic system that values science, values motive, values self-discipline and values religion in God, then please take into account the Catholic college system as an choice for your loved ones.
Anthony Piagentini is a Metro councilman representing District 19. He’s a parishioner at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, and his daughters attend Saint Mary Academy.