Analytical Spirit Enlivens Catholic Schools

By Wallace, Diana | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), January 29, 1997 | Go to article overview

Analytical Spirit Enlivens Catholic Schools


Wallace, Diana, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Diana Wallace Daily Herald Staff Writer

The Rev. Charles Bolser often has to remind parents that - sometimes to their chagrin - Catholic schools are not what they once were.

"Parents who went to the old school will introduce me to their son or daughter and say, 'He'll straighten you out,'" said Bolser, the president of St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights. "That's the image they have of Catholic schools, that, 'By God, we'll make them toe the line.'"

"But that's not our task," he said. "Our task is to invite our students - and I use the word 'invite' intentionally - to look at the human spirit."

Exploration of the human spirit is, indeed, a far cry from the stereotypes that portray Catholic education as a way of inculcating children into subservience through strict authoritarianism, the inducement of guilt and the suppression of individuality.

And while some parents may be surprised by the relative openness of schools like St. Viator, it's also these changes that have helped Catholic education remain vital, relevant, and an attraction for a growing number of non-Catholic parents.

Sure, many parents who choose Catholic education for their children say they've done so because, as Tracy Teah of Rolling Meadows said, "I feel like he's getting a far better direction, more of a structured-type upbringing."

Teah and fellow St. Colette's School parent Robert Vavrik of Palatine also said they like the freedom Catholic schools have to address issues of religion that are banned in public institutions.

Educators say parochial schools not only allow discourse on such issues, but are more open about them than ever before.

In the Contemporary Catholic Issues course at St. Viator, for example, no viewpoint is left unexplored, said instructor Jeanne Sattler. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Analytical Spirit Enlivens Catholic Schools
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.