Now more than ever, Catholic school thought leaders recognize the need to address the challenges facing Catholic schools. One of the biggest challenges is declining enrollment. In the United States Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schoosl 2017-2018: The Annual Statistical Report on Schools, Enrollment and Staffing, McDonald and Schultz reported that “Overall, the national enrollment decline since 2008 has been greater than 435,000, a 19.2% loss of the student population” and the decrease in number of schools is 1,026 or 14%.”
This blog is the third in a series of three blogs from the Diocese of Owensboro on the rationale and process for the development of new Diocesan Science Standards embedded with Catholic Identity. The present moment in our shared story as Catholic educators is also a moment of grace; one in which we may break through to more comprehensive ways of thinking about science and religion; one in which life, and life more abundantly, will find a way. It is not a call to arms, but rather a call to reconciliation between faith and reason, so that we may more effectively lead our students to live in wholeness and holiness in one sacred life community.