All parents want their children to grow up with a strong sense of values. And many parents do all they can to teach their children what to believe in and what to avoid. But as children grow up and go off to school, parents sometimes have less influence than they would like.
As children become more involved with the wider world of school, outside activities, and friends, the principal and teachers of your child’s school take on a greater role in helping to shape and sustain your child’s values.
Does the school you send your child to have a sense of values consistent with your own? Or is the subject of values, particularly Christian values, something that the school cannot even address openly?
Catholic schools focus on the values of faith, hope, love, and community. We talk openly about values and spend time each day giving children an opportunity to learn, share, and understand the consequences of good and bad behaviors and choices. We believe in Jesus Christ and we have a feeling of grace that comes from our beliefs.
Can the school your child attends teach the sort of lessons that will help your child become a good and compassionate person? Is there a clear expectation that all children will be treated with respect by the teachers and other students?
How a school handles these issues indicates whether the school is capable of reinforcing the values that you and other parents teach at home. Ultimately, we want your child to grow up to be a good and compassionate person, and we will do everything we can to help you raise your child in the right way.