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ERIC Number: EJ1006107
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Reference Count: 3
Responses from the Field
Beretta, J. Christian; Wosman, Richard G.
Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, v10 n2 p158-162 Dec 2006
In an effort to encourage dialogue and reflection on matters of common concern and interest, responses are invited on selected articles from other educators, who engage the text critically and offer some reflections about its utility and validity.This article offers responses from J. Christian Beretta, a principal, and Richard G. Wosman, assistant professor and director, to the article "The Lack of Consensus among Catholics for Establishing New Elementary Schools," by M. J. Cieslak (2006). Beretta shares that Cieslak's research produces data from a handful of suburban parishes, the results of which are hardly surprising to those currently engaged in the struggle to keep Catholic schools alive. He argues, however, that the changing world is precisely what the current crisis in Catholic schools is all about. Cieslak's data alone make the point to the experienced eye, but the discussion falls short of providing the additional context and commentary needed to drive home the message to those that would criticize Catholic schools and administrators. For Wosman, Cieslak places the question of opening a parish school in the context of the dramatic changes taking place in Catholic education and the Church. Wosman thinks parents have always sent their children to Catholic schools for safety, education, formation, and discipline. Catholic educators must be wary of those who do so to avoid the developing multicultural nature of the U.S. Church and society.
Descriptors: Catholic Educators, Catholic Schools, Catholics, Reader Response, Educational Attitudes, Educational Development, Research Reports, Declining Enrollment, Educational Trends, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States