[quote="TracyR, post:8, topic:220172"]
I can't help but not agree with this at all. I can compare to the Christian ( Protestant) schools. The teachers don't get paid anymore than what Catholic School teachers get paid yet they instill the faith in children with much more success.
Children actually learn more about their faith from these schools then what Catholic schools seem to do for their children. I just seem really disappointed in that. My 12yr old says religion time consists of this one girl that asks tons and tons of questions which takes up just about all the time in religion class. Instead of the teacher taking a few of her questions and answering them at a time this girl is literally taking up the entire class. She said they have about 3 or 4 days of religion class(with the 4th consisting of Mass).
So when we are at Mass this little girl who takes up tons of time during religion class asking questions does not once raise her hand when question and answer time comes up during Children's church. So instead of the teacher taking one or two of this kid's questions and then saying to her ' write down the rest of the questions you may have and ask Fr. Tom " the whole class is consumed of one child's questions. You might say well that is instruction. It is and its not. All of the children should be participating in discussion not just one child monopolizing.
So with that rambling my point is that even homeschoolers produce children better catechized in the Catholic faith then children in the Catholic schools. Guess what? Homeschoolers don't even get paid.
So ONE example of a school with a bad teacher who's allowing one student to dominate the class... :shrug:
It's just hard to make generalizations. :o
[quote="Corki, post:18, topic:220172"]
I am not sure I am following this correctly. Are you saying that the kids don't know about their faith because they didn't answer a Q&A that was being held during Mass?
a) the number of days of Lent or the liturgical seasons are important things to know as Catholics but not exactly keys to the faith.
b) kids in middle school absolutely HATE to be called on during Mass. The fact that no one volunteered the answers does not necessarily mean they don't know them.
Faith and Life is one of the best series out there for teaching the faith. But it focuses on the Catechism, the Scriptures and Church History. I have taught several yeas of F&L and don't remember a section on liturgical colors.
BTW, if you have a priest wearing dark blue as a liturgical vestment ( a prohibited color if you are in the US), it's no wonder the kids are confused. :(
Seriously - getting hung up on the Liturgical Seasons and colors of vestments!?! :confused:
Is THAT what's important about the faith? I personally don't remember knowing that in middle/high school - and my family instilled a very strong Catholic faith in me!
PRAYER was a focus, the SACRAMENTS were a focus... I HATED answering questions in classes and at Mass... and I probably would still mess up a few of the seasonal vestment colors.
I'm pretty sure my kids are getting a fairly AWESOME CATHOLIC education at our parish school, though. :D
I'm sorry yours is not the same. Have you voiced your concern to the Principal?