Catholic Viewpoint on Education

Catholic Viewpoint on Education

Catholic Viewpoint on Education

Catholic Viewpoint on Education

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Hundreds of volumes and millions of words have been written about public education in the United States to bring about a better public understanding of what public education is and what it is trying to achieve. But the private schools, especially the parochial schools, have not been nearly so fortunate. The productivity of authors writing in these areas has left much to be desired. The supporters of private education have been pleading for a good exposition of their cause and Father Neil McCluskey, S. J., has met the challenge in a most helpful way.

From his vantage point as an editor and an educator, and assisted by his close contacts with the National Catholic Welfare Conference, the National Catholic Educational Association, and the Jesuit Educational Association, the author has set down in eight chapters a well-rounded presentation of a Catholic viewpoint on education. The book does not deal with any of the controversies or problems of college education but, nevertheless, takes in the sweep of America's school history. The development of both private and public education, side by side, is spelled out and it is emphasized that America's schools in the beginning were religious schools. Father McCluskey neatly summarizes the contest between the two forms of education, and high-lights the major decisions taken as a result by the Councils of Baltimore.

The chapter on the Price of Pluralism will perhaps be the most valuable reading for the Catholic layman who for the first time is afforded a chance to master the challenge that the parochial schools present a divisive force in the mainstream of American life. Here Father McCluskey emphasizes that the American peo-

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