ERIC Number: ED376552
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Catholics and Educational Choice: Motive. Warrant. Will?
Quade, Quentin L.
This paper discusses why the Roman Catholic community should be united on the desirability of school choice without financial penalty. It describes what the Catholic motives should be and the political warrant that can be employed. It then asks whether there is sufficient will in the Catholic community to fulfill its proper motivations and exercise its warrant. It is argued that the school should be an extension of and support for the family effort in the ethical formation of children. The experience of American Catholic schools that developed in the latter part of the 19th century shows that, in a state of nature, when families are free to do so, and alert to the need, they will choose schools that are extensions of and supporters of family values. In the United States, an educational finance monopoly has created a structure that has resulted in a moral vacuum. Educational finance monopoly is the policy of allocating all tax dollars dedicated to education to state-owned public schools via monopolistic structures within each state and within the school districts. The cure is educational choice without financial penalty. It means that parents will be used to assign and distribute some or all of tax dollars dedicated to education. In order to bring religious values to the political arena, the Catholic community must enter the political arena as citizens, not as a church. The warrant for action is based on the belief that the believers-as-citizens' positions are as legitimate as that of any other political actors. (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper prepared for the Annual Meeting of the National Catholic Educational Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, April 4-7, 1994).