The Importance of Catholic Education
Catholic schools are a blessing to each community they serve. Through them, God presents to each child that “pearl of great worth.” Even in communities with excellent public schools, parents can find an education for their children of even greater value in the Catholic school. In the Catholic school resides insight into the source of all knowledge. The source of all wisdom is revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. Christ is present the daily curriculum, and all subject matters can only truly be understood in Him.
The Catholic school: Allowing parents to choose the “better part” for their children
For each individual, God reveals himself in a unique way. The blessing of a Catholic education provides an environment where children experience Christ’s love in prayer, in learning, in service, and in the sacraments. This daily experience cannot be duplicated in a public school, nor through weekly catechism classes. Whenever possible, we should strive to give this great blessing to every child.
An atmosphere enlivened by the Gospel
In 1998, Pope Saint John Paul II stressed the importance of Catholic education in an address to U.S. Bishops and he stated, “Few areas of Catholic life in the United States need the leadership of the Bishops for their re-affirmation and renewal as much as … [Catholic education] does.
Any such renewal requires a clear vision of the Church's educational mission, which in turn cannot be separated from the Lord’s mandate to preach the Gospel to all nations. Like other educational institutions, Catholic schools transmit knowledge and promote the human development of their students… as the [Second Vatican] Council emphasized, the Catholic school does something else: ‘It aims to create for the school community an atmosphere enlivened by the Gospel spirit of freedom and charity.
It aims to help the young person in such a way that the development of his or her own personality will be matched by the growth of that new creation which he or she has become by baptism. It strives to relate all human culture eventually to the news of salvation, so that the light of faith will illumine the knowledge which students gradually gain of the world, of life, and of the human family’ (Declaration on Christian Education, Pope Paul VI).
The mission of the Catholic school is the integral formation of students, so that they may be true to their condition as Christ’s disciples and as such work effectively for the evangelization of culture and for the common good of society.”
Communicating knowledge in the context of the Christian view of the world
In the 1997 Church document The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium, the Congregation for Catholic Education drew attention to the importance of communicating knowledge in the context of the Christian vision of the world, of life, of culture and of history: “In the Catholic school there is no separation between time for learning and time for formation, between acquiring notions and growing in wisdom. The various school subjects do not present only knowledge to be attained but also values to be acquired and truths to be discovered".
Catholic education is critically important as it aids parents, who are the primary teachers of their children, in giving their children a solid daily formation for their life through their education. Ultimately, the most important thing parents can give their children is the gift of faith. In the Gospel of Matthew (Chapter 7), Jesus teaches that “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.”
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