Are Catholic Schools Worth the Cost?
Dr. Ashton, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, and I are known for our impassioned conversations, and nothing gets our blood boiling quite like the subject of school tuition.
Yes, school tuition. While not the most obviously interesting topic, it leads us to much larger questions. For example, if I pay all of this money for my child to go to a Catholic School, what am I actually paying for? What is the real mission of Catholic Schools?
Mike has an ideal when he answers this question, but in my experience, there are many obstacles in the way of achieving any ideal. While I believe in the value of Catholic education, I also know its many headaches.
- When it comes to tuition, parents lie to us.
- When it comes to finances, the bulk of the parish budget goes to running the school.
- When it comes to parents, we hear a lot of complaints about teachers and programs.
- When it comes to making disciples and living out Jesus’s Great Commission, we don’t often see it happening.
- When it comes to families, we don’t often see them on Sunday.
With all these problems, is it really worth the cost to stay in the business of education?
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Fr. Jeff Lorig – Director of Pastoral Services
Jim Jansen – Director of the Office Evangelization and Catechesis
Dr. Mike Ashton – Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Resources Mentioned in the Podcast
Start With Why by Simon Sinek
Declaration on Christian Education by Pope Paul VI