Monday, 30 May 2011
Trouble in the Local Catholic School Board
It's not my place to judge others, however as a parent in the system and a taxpayer contributing to the system and as a Roman Catholic Deacon, I would like to see at least one change beyond trimming the administrative ranks in the local board.
I believe any teacher and administrator or trustee in the Catholic school system who does not attend Mass on a regular basis should resign her / his position in the Board, and go and find work in the Public Board. I am not advocating they should be fired, far from it, I believe people should have the courage to admit when they can't support what their employer supports, when they can't fully perform the job they were hired to do. In the case of the Separate School teacher, that includes teaching the Gospel - always.
Teachers in either Board do not just teach the three R's, they develop young people into responsible adults, they shape character, they mentor and encourage while they teach. Catholic teachers have the extra responsibility of doing all that in Christ's name. If they don't attend Mass themselves, they can't pass along the Church's teachings because they aren't participating in the Liturgy of the Word, or of the Eucharist. Don't talk to me about praying in a field or a forest; don't talk to me about being a good person. Go to Church, participate in the Mass at least weekly or stop pretending. This isn't just a job you're doing, folks.
We don't need to amalgamate two boards into one to save money, each board is funded per pupil so we'd roughly need the same amount of schools and teachers whether there is one board or two. To all those who want to see the Catholic Board shut down, I say "be patient."
It's ours to lose, and frankly, we Catholics are presiding over its demise quite nicely without any secular help at all.
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