The Value of Catholic Education
By Kim Roberts
As my time immersed in Catholic school with my children draws to a close, I can’t help but reflect on the more than 20 years I have spent with them at various schools from pre-kindergarten to high school.
Given that neither my husband nor I attended Catholic school, we had a learning curve in the beginning – like trying to figure out what school to choose, having Mass as part of the school day and getting used to having religion as an actual class.
With our last child about to graduate, we have never regretted choosing a Catholic education as the foundation for all three of our kids’ higher-learning endeavors.
The value of a faith-based education can’t be measured just through academics, which have exceeded our expectations at each school my children attended. The spirituality and Catholic values that are taught and reinforced daily are equally important.
I am so glad that they have been able to pray in class, practice their faith openly at school, participate in many volunteer activities for Catholic charities, learn the importance of helping those less fortunate through school fundraisers and food drives and continue learning about their faith each year in religion class.
I am so grateful that we were able to provide this education for our kids and that they have been able to reap the benefits. I’m not going to lie; it has been a struggle, at times, to pay for this education, but we always knew that we needed to do whatever it took to keep them in these schools.
In today’s turbulent and often frustrating times, a Catholic education is invaluable, and it definitely has prepared my children academically and spiritually for college and adulthood.
I will miss these days for sure.