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Catholic schools’ secret: love
New York Post, by William McGurn

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Posted By:Drive, 1/31/2014 9:39:23 AM

These days much of my life is decided by two nuns. My children spend their days with them. My nights and weekends are largely determined by the sports and dances and activities they organize. And then there’s the share of my paycheck they command, second only to our monthly mortgage payment. One is Irish: Sister Noreen Holly, the Kerry-born principal of St. Vincent Martyr School in Madison, NJ. The other is Italian: Sister Patricia Pompa, principal of Villa Walsh Academy in nearby Morristown. Each fills her school with the only love that is true — the kind that takes us out of

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Reply 1 - Posted by: berthabutt, 1/31/2014 9:46:17 AM     (No. 9713022)

Amen!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/31/2014 9:56:01 AM     (No. 9713034)

Link missing. Here it is.

http://nypost.com/2014/01/31/catholic-schools-secret-love/

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 1/31/2014 10:07:07 AM     (No. 9713048)

They certainly worked for me.

I can still feel the love.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 1/31/2014 10:22:45 AM     (No. 9713068)

Wow, thanks for posting this.
It´s funny, but I can easily recall each of my teacher´s from my Catholic school days, grades three through seven. After that, in public school, not so much.
Mrs. BaseballFan and myself have enrolled our daughter in a Catholic school. Make no mistake about it, it´s a financial investment for her future, and we know it´s paying off.

FTA: In the popular view, Catholic schools succeed because they have greater discipline. There’s something to that, though it helps to remember that the Latin root for the verb “to discipline” is not “to punish” but “to teach.” It’s a lesson that begins with recognizing the equal and God-given dignity of every human being.

That paragraph alone sums up why public schools are failing children all across the country. Now they´re adding in "Common Core" ? Kids are doomed. America is doomed.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mitzi, 1/31/2014 10:43:52 AM     (No. 9713096)

Except for one semester (6th grade), grammar school and high school teachers were all nuns.



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Reply 6 - Posted by: pepperblue, 1/31/2014 10:49:33 AM     (No. 9713105)

One of my best friends is an 82 year old nun who just "retired." Underneath her gruff exterior, is the largest heart you will ever encounter. Anything done with love will always reap great rewards.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Muncsdad, 1/31/2014 10:49:47 AM     (No. 9713106)

I went through 13 years of Catholic schools in Mobile, AL and this article captures the true spirit of what I went through. We had Irish nuns who taught with love and strength. They left Ireland and became US citizens and taught us to love this great country. The whole grade school walked out after Mass every morning and saluted the flag as it rose up the pole, then said a prayer and went to our rooms to start the day.

It was a better time.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: jlw509, 1/31/2014 10:51:54 AM     (No. 9713110)

I had an excellent education in grades 1-12 in Catholic schools in the ´50´s and ´60´s. The students were all from families of modest means (factory workers, garage and gas station owners, cooks, shopkeepers) and they tended to have 3+ kids per family. But the costs were low because almost 100% of the teachers were nuns, women of intelligence and ability who served practically for freely.

There were more than 180,000 nuns in the U.S. in those days. Less than 60,000 now, and many of them have pulled out of their old "institutional" missions of staffing schools and hospitals. There are a million LESS kids in Catholic schools today than there were 40 years ago.

Mr. McGurn is right about the "primacy of love" in the Catholic schools. And only a massive revival of love will save our Church, our country, and our kids.



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Reply 9 - Posted by: KingBubo, 1/31/2014 11:37:42 AM     (No. 9713183)

I went to Catholic school for 13 years Inc Kind. I only had 3 nuns as teachers. Love was not it, the parents expected their kids to learn.

I think a lot of public school teachers care too (in the begininng), but not enough parents care.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: kanphil, 1/31/2014 12:12:28 PM     (No. 9713233)

I have two who will soon finish high school, the caboose in 2016. They have gone to Catholic schools since the beginning. Both are inductees in the National Honor Society and both are straight A students. One is a starter on the State championship soccer team, the other a musician in the marching band, the concert orchestra and the jazz band. Scholarship offers are coming in already. I consider them smart, but no geniuses. The key, it seems to me, is EXPECTATION! Their mom and I expect them to do well and every teacher(not all nuns) expects them to do well. And they do!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ramona, 1/31/2014 12:13:03 PM     (No. 9713236)

Thank you, #9 for reminding us that teacherly love and kindness is not the sole province of parochial schools. I have made home visits, brought children to my home, and gone far out of my way to help children in distress as well as those who were doing well. For one year I drove a very troubled child in a rural school 60 miles (round trip) each week to see a counselor. I know many many other teachers who exhibit such kindness every day. Teaching is an emotionally and physically draining job, esp. for those who work with needy youngsters.

I realize it is popular to rag on public school teachers because it is easy enough to find published accounts of the mediocre, bad, and evil ones. I also have heard many stories of "Sister Helicopter" and other horror stories of vindictive nuns. Then it´s time to remember the Newton CT teachers who shielded their students from a mass killer. It helps to maintain a bit of balance.
Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 12 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 1/31/2014 12:13:37 PM     (No. 9713238)

Love, yes. But also dedication, self-sacrifice, righteousness, faith and all the other virtues that have been eliminated by the progressive politicians and the teachers´ unions.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: chatham, 1/31/2014 12:25:32 PM     (No. 9713250)

At 80 Years old I still value the Education I received in St. Lukes, Whitestone N.Y. and St Gregory´s in the west side of Manhattan N.Y. Added to that I spent 4 Years with the Irish Christian Brothers at All Hallows High in the Bronx.
I thank God for both the Sisters and the Brothers where I received a wonderful education, that has helped me through my whole Life. I remember all of the wonderful
teachers and I have had a good Life because of these people.h

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Reply 14 - Posted by: jjlizzie, 1/31/2014 12:31:46 PM     (No. 9713257)

I remember reading Clarence Thomas´s book. He had a nun teach him who he hated. He got some real high test scores and she told him he was wasting his time by not trying hard enough. It is all expectations. When he got sworn in as a justice she was at the ceremony. He learned her value as he got older.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: udanja99, 1/31/2014 1:00:44 PM     (No. 9713286)

Our daughter attended Catholic girls´ school in a cloistered convent for 8 years. It was located in the next state and I frequently drove 100 miles per day, 2 round trips of 25 miles each way, so that she could attend. It was the best investment we ever made.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 1/31/2014 2:31:01 PM     (No. 9713361)

A Catholic education is an advantage for life. I thank the Irish Sisters of Charity for a solid education, and the love of Christ they displayed every day. I still remember all of them, by name, and send thankful prayers to God on their behalf.

After graduating from 12 years of Catholic school I went on to California State University Northridge in 1972. Within the first two weeks every professor eventually asked me if I went to Catholic schools. I knew how to study, how to take class notes, how to ask a cogent question, and could write an essay that was grammatically correct and without spelling errors.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: chefrandy, 1/31/2014 2:57:14 PM     (No. 9713404)

Had School Sister of Notre Dame SSND at our parochial school growing up. Love, expectation and the parents´ backing all important. I remember from 2nd grade our pastor Fr. Raney coming in to handout Q1 report cards. Never forgot what he said, "...it is important that you do your best whatever that is. No matter how good you do we may be pleased, but never satisfied with our efforts." Backed up 100% by the nuns and lay teachers there in the 60´s.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: TXknitter, 1/31/2014 9:03:10 PM     (No. 9713933)

Sister Bernadine was my first grade teacher. She was the happiest looking nun and therefore the little kids adored her. Lovely article!!!!! Thank you for posting it.

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