Parents scrambling after Raytown MO Catholic school suddenly closes
Source: KCTV 5
RAYTOWN, MO (KCTV) -
Due to declining enrollment, parents now have to find a new school for their children after a Raytown Catholic school closes its doors.
The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph announced Tuesday that Our Lady of Lourdes School would not open its doors to students next week. The school had been open for 59 years.
One mother said the notice caused anguish in her home. She and other parents are scrambling to find alternative schools.
As of Aug. 8, only 57 students were pre-registered for this school year at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Raytown. The school had 119 students last year. Ten years ago, 199 students attended the school, which is down from the enrollment of 600 students when it opened nearly six decades ago.
Anecdotally, when I graduated from high school (private) 100% of the students graduated with NYS regents diplomas (we all took the tests and we all passed) and, IIRC, in the public schools, the number was approximately 1/2 to 2/3 (this was back in the 1980s).
7. I don't know if that is true for the population
Teachers in private schools do not have to have the same credentials as those in public schools (at least in my state). Many times these teachers are not highly qualified. Now, in some localities, I'm betting that your point is true, but overall it isn't the case.
An hour+ every morning for mass, then breakfast for those who took communion. Phys Ed consisted of jumping jacks next to our desks. Music class was learning hymns to sing in church. Got pulled out of class to sing at funerals. Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent. Praying the rosary every week during Mary's month. Religion class every day. Confession once a month. The whole school marched into church to practice enunciating "T" properly when singing hymns in mass. No playground equipment but jumping ropes and big bouncy balls (no swings, jungle gyms, etc.) Lunch food was disgusting.
This was at the height of catholic school enrollment. This is what my parents paid tuition for. The school was so crowded that my lucky little brother "had" to go to a public school.
What was he learning while I wasting time in religion class and church every day?! He was doing things in grade school that I didn't get to do until high school, like dissecting frogs. He learned to play an instrument. His school had a library -- I had a bookmobile once a month. He had a gym, a higher student-teacher ratio, new textbooks.
Private schools are not subject to state requirements for certified teachers. My first grade teacher spent half the day talking about her boyfriend.
I =begged= my parents to send me to the public school. They refused. I've never forgiven them.
I was there 1958-1966 (plus another 4 years of catholic high school).
It would not be hard for there to be less discipline in a public school, LOL. My school was ALL about discipline.
Oh yes, let's not forget how the boys always went first to lunch/recess with the girls following, and only boys could be elected class president -- because "boys grow up to be priests and presidents, and girls don't."
Man was created from dust, Women were created from bone, unicorns existed, a boat with 2 of every animal in the world on it were the only survivors of a world wide flood, the Earth is only 6,000 years old, people lived for hundreds of years, people can come back from the dead and virgins can conceive children is NOT 'education'.
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