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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Catholic schools teach self-control

Catholic schools build self-discipline, concludes a Fordham study.  Students in Catholic schools were compared to public-school students from similar families and to students in non-Catholic religious and private schools.

Catholic school kids were less likely to disturb classrooms, argue, fight or act impulsively compared to students in public or other private schools, according to teachers’ reports.

Students in Catholic schools also “were more likely to control their temper, respect others’ property, accept their fellow students’ ideas, and handle peer pressure.”

The conclusion:  “Schools that value and focus on self-discipline will likely do a better job of fostering it in children.”

“Dedicated to educating the whole child,” not just to academic excellence, Catholic schools teach morality, writes Thomas Burnford, president of the National Catholic Educational Association.

Judeo-Christian virtues such as kindness, humility, and diligence are not only explicitly taught in Catholic schools, but they shape the foundation and backdrop for everything that happens in those schools. . . . The school collaborates with parents and guardians in promoting the values that are begun at home and fostered and celebrated in the schools.

A Catholic school is “a community of faith,” writes Burford.

Here’s my favorite Catholic school joke.

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