I went for 6th and 7th grade to avoid the “inner city” public middle school, then we moved to a better district and I went back to public school.
This is basically the same for me. I didn’t really learn much about the actual Catechism. Actually, nothing at all. We went to Mass every Friday AM and got a half day off on First Fridays.
The math & science education was sub-par. 7th grade I had four different math teachers because they kept leaving. The math being taught ranged from:
- one teacher giving us two chalkboards filled with three column multiplication problems, like 546 x 678 = ____ most days of the week
- a teacher who handed us "pre-algebra’ workbooks and told us to work through them at home
In Biology class, the teacher posed the question: "Why can people still swallow if they’re standing on their head?"
One boy offered, “Because there’s no gravity in the body?” And the teacher responded with a thoughtful, “Hmm…” nodded "yes,’ and changed the subject.
The same teacher told us that paramecium cells can float in a drop of water because they’re so small that gravity doesn’t affect them.
There were two incidents when one boy beat up another boy in the locker room shower after a basketball game. The rest of the team was there to see it. (I was not on the basketball team and didn’t witness it)
What’s scary is that looking back on it, what happened wasn’t a matter of one boy “bullying” another, which was how we regarded it at the time–it was a full on sexual assault that occurred while both were naked in the showers. The victim’s mom fought with the school principal (a nun) over it, but no disciplinary action was taken so far as I’m aware.
The kids weren’t any better behaved than the kids were in public school. There was frequent bullying, disrespectful behavior toward teachers, foul language, etc. This was 1977-1979.