September 17th, 2011 - Freddie-714102 said:
In truth, the Federal Government shouldn't pay for ANY education at all, because it is not within its power to do so. But since we all think it's ok for the government to do whatever it wants to solve our problems for us, then yes, if public, then private.
November 15th, 2008 - George-166509 said:
I agree with Jessica, who said that if private schools were supported by the government that they would no longer be private schools. I can well understand hard-strapped parents wanting a little assistance from the government, but if Catholic and other private schools start taking money from the government, then those schools would have to abide by all the government's regulations. I don't think it's outsde the realm of possibility for the Obama administration to require that all schools receiving government money teach that abortion, contraception, and homosexual sex are all good and virtuous acts. Most of our liberal, chicken-hearted bishops would probably go along just to continue receiving the government money.
March 25th, 2008 - De-315276 said:
I voted no but not because "it will drain funds from the public school system".
I'm more interested in the fact that once government contributes to private schools, then their agenda also moves into private schools. I object very strongly for the "politically correct" agenda of the government to enter the parochial schools more than it has already done so.
I do believe that there is a different caliber of student that exits the parochial school. They are instilled with the values of the school and thereby our Catholic values which are so needed in this day and age and I would not want to see this aspect change.
I spent most of my school age in Catholic schools - including college and I agree with Gerald that my college was Catholic in name only.
My concern is that the public schools will not be raising expectations to get to the higher standard but rather the reverse would happen. Private schools would have to lower expectations and standards and this to me is unacceptable.
I agree that teachers need to be paid better and we do need to choose where our money goes. Why are so many parishes and private schools struggling? Why are some of us no longer tithing to assist them? I know that we support what we believe in and sometimes we hold back because we don't agree with something or because we think something needs to change. Have we taken steps to voice our concerns with something other than our wallets?
If the Church that I belong to had a collection for Catholic schools, would we contribute to it? If not, why not?
March 24th, 2008 - Gerald-283546 said:
I think that as soon as the government begins to pay for something, it then begins to have control over that thing it is paying for. If we wish to have true freedom of religion and teach the Truth in our Catholic schools, we will need to stay completely free of government support, either direct or indirect.
It is not government's job to educate our kids, but rather the parents. If we let government spend a penny on us, they will someday tell us what we can and can't teach, and then we will have public schools with a Catholic name. Sorry this is probably an unpopular position with my fellow Catholics, but I think it is just reality.
Look at the so-called Catholic universities that have taken government money and are now Catholic in name only. I'll be discreet and mention no names. We can't have our cake and eat it too.
Freedom comes with responsibilty. If we want the freedom to teach the Truth as passed down in Catholic Christian Tradition, I believe we will have to remain completely free from government dollars, direct or voucher.
Let's support our Catholic school in the collection on Sundays.
March 22nd, 2008 - Ann-15553 said:
When I went to Catholic School, we were treated like second class citizens compared to the public school kids, yet we saved the taxpayers big bucks. If the goverment supports each child in public, why shouldn't they contribute to the education of all children.
March 20th, 2008 - Joseph-2737 said:
In a non-Christian country like the United Sates, I'd have to say I would not want any government involvement in education. In a Christian nation, and by that it means Catholic, all government institutions and schools would be subject the teachings of Holy Mother Church in areas that would affect Faith and Morals, and all students whether Catholic or not would be subject to the same curriculum.
It has always happened over the years that once a school accepts money from a government institution in the US, sooner or later its Catholic identity and teaching suffers. They are tempted to compromise. This is true as well of the Church allowing government involvement in marriage as well. We have our own Church tribunals to deal with these problems.
My parents paid for 12 years of Catholic education for 8 children....and they paid for it not once but 2.33 times!!!! They paid the Catholic school tuition, they paid for the public school through taxes even though we did not go to public school, and given that 1/3 of the students in the Catholic school did not pay tuition as it was subsidized though the charity of parents like mine who made enormous sacrifices. Instead of getting vouchers, I'd much prefer to do all we can to reduce as much as possible any funding for the government re-education camps.