In the past three years, Google searches for queries such as "best education system in the world" and the "whole child" approach have hit record highs as educators and parents across the nation eagerly seek out new ways to help students. State agencies and educational think tanks churn out new standards, tests, and methodologies yearly in response-and yet Catholic schools have always been focused on the whole person, body, mind, and spirit.
Many Catholic archdioceses in the U.S. have their own K-12 standards for language arts, mathematics, science, as well as for religion. Between the Washington D.C., Chicago, New York, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Austin archdioceses alone, nearly a quarter of a million students at over 750 elementary, middle, and high schools interact on a daily basis with these standards, learning the sacraments, doctrines, and workings of the Catholic faith.
These religious standards form the basis of these schools' "whole child" approach, which aims to help students grow not only academically, but emotionally, socially, and spiritually, as well. And with many of these archdiocesan schools boasting graduation and college acceptance rates over 90 percent, consistent above-average scores on the SAT and ACT, and graduate scholarship offerings often totaling millions of dollars, the standards' results may just speak for themselves.
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By: Nathan Giermann