Research at Harvard University indicates that Catholic school students have higher levels of civic engagement and knowledge, and are more politically tolerant and supportive of civil liberties. In a 2011 study, Notre Dame Professor David Campbell reported that “historically, public schools have been celebrated as the exemplars of civic education, while Catholic schools were often thought to provide an inferior form of training in democratic citizenship. But now, scores of empirical studies have confirmed that some forms of private schools—specifically Catholic schools—are more successful than their public counterparts in inculcating students with democratic values.” It’s hard to imagine a greater public good than that!
Catholic school students are less likely to have their marriages end in divorce; they vote more often; and for what it’s worth, they also earn more money throughout their lifetime. The widespread institution of “service hour” requirements in Catholic schools over the last two decades has helped to create an entire generation of generous, socially-minded adults ready to help their community.
Excerpt from “Why Catholic Schools Do Well”, Peoria Magazine, August 2015
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