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Compare that building to Marion High School, both of which were built around same time, and youíll see what a huge difference it has made. McAuley looks amazing. Marion High School is falling apart because maintenance wasnít a priority. Now school corporation is sending taxpayers an avoidable multi-million-dollar bill.
Catholic schools donít fit every student. Students with special needs may not find proper resources. Some schools may have education methods that donít suit specific students. Some families may find that Catholic teachings clash with their own.
This is why I hope that Catholic Schools week inspires not only those who attend Catholic schools, but everyone who wants best for Indianaís children.
Lutheran schools, which are common in Fort Wayne, do excellent work. Other Christian schools, whether denominational or non-denominational, are multiplying as parents become frustrated with public schools that challenge their religious teachings.
Actually, private schools are proper places for morality-based teaching. Catholic schools trace their roots back 100 years, when public schools taught religion that was hostile to Catholicism. Instead of griping, Catholic parents put their kids in their own schools. Problem solved.
Public schools have their place. But we cannot expect each school to be all things to all people. Private schools have a vital role to play for our children. So could charter schools, if Indiana stops sabotaging them with restrictions.
Indiana could encourage more private schools and home-schooling by offering tax incentives to anyone who pays for a childís education. Despite public-school belly-aching to contrary, this would leave more money for public schools because they would have fewer kids to educate and more opportunities to specialize.
Regardless of your religious beliefs or your devotion to public schools, please say thanks to Catholic schools. They demonstrate amazing things that happen when we put faith in our children.
Sheri Conover Sharlow, a former journalist, is the product of 11 years of Catholic education. Her daughter, Meredith, is the fourth-generation in her family to attend a Catholic school.