Catholic Schools and the Common Good
Posted by Andrew J. Coulson
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One of the first things you learn when you start to study the comparative performance of school systems is this: on average, Catholic schools are much more educationally effective and vastly more efficient than state-run schools. And then you learn that their impact goes beyond the three R’s. I wrote a little about these facts a few years ago, while I was with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and my Mackinac friends have resurrected the post for Catholic Schools Week. I’ve appended an excerpt below, but you can read the whole thing here.
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It’s nice to see the positive contribution of Catholic Schools recognized. Shame that we Catholics no longer have First Amendment rights in the USA.
“What!”, you say.
Guess you haven’t been paying attention. Notice that Catholic Schools are disappearing. Why do you think that is?
Because a pay for service can’t compete with the Gooferment, when that Gooferment gives away the same service for free.
And, if you think that is an “unintended consequence” then you are … let’s be charitable … naive.
The Prussians invented the school system to: (1) make good soldiers (i.e., cannon fodder) for the Army; (2) “reliable” factory workers; and (3) citizens who were easily led by the elite.
Doubt it? Where do politicians send their kids to school?
What should you do?
Probably too late. But, you could contribute your attention, time, talents, and money to an inner city school.
Good Shepherd school is fighting back. The Administration has reached out to its alumni and they are giving back.
Perhaps, if everyone fights really hard, then we can overcome the Laws of Economics.
Politically, we might be able to have the Separation of School and State?
All depends upon you.
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