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Chalk up another “victory” for the Culture of Contraception.
What Michael said…
Of 134 students who visited King’s health center during the 2006-07 school year, five students, or 4 percent, reported having sexual intercourse, said Amanda Rowe, lead nurse in Portland’s school health centers.
And those are just the one who reported it. Nationwide, the average statistic I’ve read is thirty percent of high school freshmen have had intercourse, and many of those started in middle school. It seems to me that criticizing public schools ignores the problem.
It seems to me that criticizing public schools ignores the problem.
Agreed. This all comes from the family and, hence, does not exempt Catholic schools.
The big problem with Catholic schools is they are entirely unaffordable except for the very wealthy. Here in the Diocese of Arlington if you want to send your child to a diocesan high school it costs at least $6k a year. If you want to send your child to the Opus Dei high school it costs $10k a year. Then the diocese has the nerve to ask the faithful to support the building of new high schools. Sure, my contributions will help build a high school where I can’t afford to send my child. And this doesn’t even take into consideration if I have 5 -6 children.
I agree. Although this seems like it should be a separate discussion, Catholic education has done a 180. What used to be a great system for poor families to attain quality, values-based education has become quality education for those who can afford it (the upper middle-class). But this is a microcosm of bigger issues: Catholics nationally are one of the wealthiest religious groups yet give very little to the church compared to other denominations and sects. This makes it very difficult to claim ourselves as a church of the poor. It also makes “solidarity” a catch phrase.
I agree L of M and Katerina. While we disagree with the approach and I am also horrified that 6th graders have access to condoms, the reality is our culture is so over sexualized and there are no parents at home to watch over their kids. Very sad.
And the problem with private schools is that they are so expensive to run that is why tuition constantly creeps up. Homeschooling really does become the next viable option.
I’m not sure it’s this way now, but when I went to Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Wichita in the 80s, if a family tithed 10%, tuition was waived for both primary school and high school. Otherwise, my parents would definitely never have been able to send us to private schools. I believe this is still the system, though I have no children myself, and so don’t know first hand. It seems to work pretty well, and still allows poorer families to send their children to Catholic Schools.
The price is certainly a factor… but I would say an even deeper problem is that, by and large, most Catholic schools are indistinguishable from public schools in many ways. Rest assured, the things you fear about public schools are going on at the Catholic schools too, only with a token religion class and a Mass every other month thrown in. (They also typically say the pledge of allegiance, invite military recruiters in for “career counseling,” bring in Iraq veterans to honor their heroism, and teach your kids to be good contributing members of the capitalist system just like the “government schools,” but that’s another issue.)
Ah, yes, the “they’re doing it anyway so let’s enable them” argument again. Fortunately a recent news story out of Norway shows where that leads.