ERIC Number: ED410669
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Distinctive Qualities of the Catholic School. Second Edition. NCEA Keynote Series.
McDermott, Edwin J.
The Catholic school is unique because it is a religious community within an academic community. There is a dual purpose in a Catholic school--learning and believing. This handbook provides Catholic educators with an effective tool for understanding and articulating the distinct characteristics of the Catholic school. Chapter 1 discusses ways in which the teachings of Jesus Christ inform Catholic education. Chapter 2 discusses the dual goals of learning and believing in Catholic schools--how the Catholic school is both an academic community and a community of believers. The third chapter discusses the dignity of the human being and the inalienable right to an education, parents as the primary and principal educators of their children, and the obligation of the state and church to help parents educate their children. Chapter 4 describes how the goal of Catholic schools is to permeate every education experience with the message of love and the vitality of Christ's presence. Suggested readings accompany each chapter. The appendix contains suggested formats for teacher-orientation sessions. (Contains 184 endnotes). (LMI)
Descriptors: Catholic Educators, Catholic Schools, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Government School Relationship, Institutional Mission, Moral Development, Moral Values, Parent School Relationship, Religious Education, School Choice
National Catholic Educational Association, 1077 30th Street, N.W., Suite 100, Washington, DC 2007-3852.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC.