(Quote) Renee-288471 said:
Quote: Kwaku-654846 said:
I think that many times big Catholic families do a disservice to their children by not encouraging more maths and sciences for fear that their children will loose their religion......
Really? In 2013? You surely know what you're talking about, so I'm not disputing it. It's just is shocking and unacceptable!! And plain wrong too..... From what I've seen, there is a slight tendency for highly educated people (not just those in maths and science) to be less religious.
FYI my priest was a engineer for 30 years before entering the priesthood.
I have a friend who is a recent engineering graduate (and was a top student) who has just entered seminary. And I know a priest who was an IT guy for many years beforehand.
I think that many times the big, Catholic families are often homeschooling. The mother is usually the one doing the teaching. If she has a degree (which many these days do) it's in the arts or "soft" science like social work. While many choose to use curriculum and even have their children persue outside college classes as older teens by that time it's too late to have the credits/background to get into the good "hard" sciences engineering, dr's, research scientists. I went to a Tier 2 school (Tier 1 being Ivy's and big name state schools) and to be accepted into science programs you had to come in with nearly a years worth of credits under your belt.
The parents of many children don't have the reasources to put one of many children through a year's worth of college by 17 or 18. Sometimes, they don't even have the room/money to support the child on breaks from school, certinaly not for 8+ years of med school and residency. I think at most they push their children into practical careers, business related, IT (which is a "science" but really depends on what you do) and into the skilled service industry (mechanics, plumbers) and different levels of law enforcement.
Smaller familes have the luxary of expensive field trips and summer camps, honors AP classes at private schools. Some states alow homeschoolers to share these resources, but not many. I think that devoutly Catholic or Christian families, both big and little, homescholed, prive or public tend to be afraid of what will happen to their children if they persue a hard science. I once met a Catholic medical student 2 years away from being a doctor who told me that his mother cried when he decided to be a doctor, fearing he would loose his way to God. Even at a Catholic med school he was one of 3 practicing Catholics in a class of 200.
However, in his class all the students had sought out the Catholic med school becuase of moral and ethical reasons. Most had come from a-moral families where relativism reigned. They sought out the stability of the Catholic teachings on life. Their was a special "seniour year RCIA" class....after 12 years of schooling, some baptized and others not joined the church. This was maybe 3-5 on any given year.
So, if we can keep the balance, keep our instuties of higher education focused on the morals they provide then perhaps we will win back Catholics at the end of their degrees.
I do think that the Catholic church as a whole needs to make a statement and "Take back" science. Almost all of Modern Science is founded on principles discovered by Catolics. We need to step up to the plate and turn the tide back.