Catholic schools’ declining enrollment

You don’t have to be Catholic to recognize that Catholic schools are the last bastion of a traditional education. Unfortunately, the 6.4 percent decline in enrollment brings down the number of students to about 1.6 million from some 4.4 million in 1970 (“Catholic Schools Are Losing Students at Record Rates, and Hundreds Are Closing,” The Wall Street Journal, May 11).

It’s a pity because Catholic schools have resisted succumbing to the critical race theory that has invaded private and public schools.  Parents who can’t afford private schools or who oppose charter school curriculum now have fewer choices than ever before in educating their children.

There was a time when Catholic schools were the nation’s largest non-government provider of education.  I realize that times were different then, but I submit that they still are a bargain teaching the basics and discipline.

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