ERIC Number: ED217561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Non-Catholics in Catholic Schools: A Challenge to Evangelization.
The number of non-Catholic students in Roman Catholic elementary and secondary schools is growing at both the national and local levels. In the school system of the Archdiocese of Omaha (Nebraska), the largest number of non-Catholic students come from mostly poor and black families in inner-city or changing neighborhoods. Other non-Catholics are enrolled in "middle class" or "elite" Catholic schools. Talks with educators and parents in the Omaha Catholic school system indicate that non-Catholic parents choose Catholic schools because they perceive them to respect students and to emphasize learning and moral values. In turn the Catholic schools expect non-Catholic students and parents to participate in school activities. This situation offers potentials for evangelization. However, non-Catholic admissions may be eroded if Catholic schools do not express clearly and unequivocally their function in the Catholic Church's educational mission, do not seek all resources for students with special needs, and do not publicize the true costs and value of a Catholic school education. Catholic schools have legitimate and educationally sound reasons to try to attract non-Catholic students and should insist on parents' rights to choose the schools they want. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Archdiocese of Omaha NE; Non Catholic Students
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Catholic Educational Association (77th, New Orleans, LA, April 7-10, 1980).