Social science data on Catholic schools
egaffney at PLUTO.PEPPERDINE.EDU
Wed Feb 18 12:53:00 PST 1998
1. Yep. Again, Fr. Greeley has some pretty interesting numbers about this.
Does anyone have his email address? If so, cld you send it to me off list?
2. Anyone wanting a quick fix on the social science data cld read chapter 2
"Research Past and Present," pp. 55-78, in Anthony S. Bryk, Valerie E. Lee,
and Peter B. Holland, *Catholic Schools and the Common Good* (Harvard,
1993). The most interesting question posed by these authors is at the
beginning of chapter 12, "Catholic Lessons for America's Schools": "How do
Ctaholic high schools manage simultaneously to achieve relativley high
levels of student learning, distribute this learning more equitably with
regard to race and class than in the public sector, and sustain high levels
of teacher commitment and student engagement?" p. 297.
From: Marie A. Failinger
Subject: Re: Tax Support for Schools
Date: Wednesday, February 18, 1998 10:41AM
On the school choice issue, I'm reading the text of Jerry Frug's address
on City Services delivered at the last AALS conference which argues that
school district lines as a way of creating a "property right" in kids in
that district to go to those schools are the largest obstacle to creating
communities. He argues that district lines, which also drive funding,
promote voluntary rather than fortuitous association in public education,
thereby exacerbating homogeneity and class stratification. (He also gives
credit to religious schools, particularly Catholic schools, for NOT
contributing to this trend.) Perhaps this
is a better place to have a fight than over whether religious schools are
a cause/cure for these problems in our society.
Marie A. Failinger
Hamline University School of Law
mfailing at piper.hamline.edu
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