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ERIC Number: ED001927
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-Oct
Pages: 38
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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS--THE QUIET REVOLUTION.
FORMAN, IAN
A SERIES OF DEVELOPMENTS HAVE OCCURRED IN THE 1960'S WHICH CREATE A CRISIS IN CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. BASICALLY THE CRISIS INVOLVES A SHORTAGE OF NUN TEACHERS, GROWING CATHOLIC POPULATION, LIMITED FINANCES, THE SPIRALING COST OF LAY TEACHERS, AND A LACK OF CLASSROOMS. THESE PROBLEMS ARE SHOWING THEIR INITIAL EFFECTS IN MASSACHUSETTS AND THE BOSTON ARCHDIOCESE, NOW SOMEWHAT BEHIND THE CRITICAL STAGES IN OTHER PARTS OF THE NATION. WHILE THERE SEEMS TO BE NO SIMPLE SOLUTION, THERE IS A POSSIBLE HISTORIC ADJUSTMENT TO THE CRISIS. A SHIFT FROM ELEMENTARY EDUCATION TO HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY EDUCATION IS ALREADY TAKING PLACE. TWO REASONS WHY MANY CATHOLICS BELIEVE RESOURCES SHOULD BE DEVOTED TO SECONDARY AND HIGH EDUCATION ARE--CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOLS ARE FAR MORE PRODUCTIVE OF VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD, SISTERHOOOD, AND BROTHERHOOD THAN ARE THE LOWER LEVELS OF EDUCATION, AND EXCELLENT CATHOLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ARE NEEDED TO EDUCATE A MUCH MORE HIGHLY TRAINED LAY POPULATION, UPPER LEVELS OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SOLVE CRITICAL PROBLEMS BY BEING RELATIVELY SMALL, REGIONAL RATHER THAN PARISH IN OUTREACH, ACADEMICALLY SELECTIVE, AND FINANCIALLY SELECTIVE. THIS ARTICLE IS A REPRINT FROM THE "BOSTON GLOBE," SEPTEMBER 27 - OCTOBER 4, 1964.
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Identifiers: Massachusetts (Boston)