Re: Catholic school edu.-does it still hold the same value?

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First, I did not go to Catholic school, but I did go to a Catholic college. (My parents were public school teachers). My husband did go to a Catholic grammar school and a Catholic high school, but did not go to a Catholic college. My children go to public school in a very Catholic neighborhood. (Which means over 50 percent of their classmates in the public school are Catholic). Bottom line: I am not a Catholic school for the sake of Catholic school person. I think it depends on the quality of the schools involved and the needs of your kids. My kids go to religious ed on Sundays and I am a volunteer Catechist. My husband volunteers as a lector at mass. My parish is huge, but it does not have its own school as I live in a neighborhood with a strong public school system and high property taxes. The Catholic grammar school available to us is very small and there would (in my opinion) be significant academic trade offs if I sent my kids there. As our Director of Religious Ed. is fond of saying, the most important Catechism is learned in the home.

As my eldest son gets ready to choose a college, I admit that I would be thrilled if he chose a Catholic college. I think the sense of community that he would find would be comforting to him as he goes off into the wide, wide world (or is it, that it would be comforting to me?) I won’t require it though. He has to choose that for himself.