1972 Pastoral Message on Catholic Education from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (the precursor to the USCCB)
Link to a scanned copy of the document, courtesy of ACE Press and At the Heart of the Church: Selected Documents of Catholic Education. I highly recommend you order the book here.
To order a copy directly from the USCCB, here is the link
Dr. Tom Burnford, the President/CEO of the National Catholic Education Association, explores the impact of this document from the US Bishops.
STUDY GUIDE & DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
To Teach As Jesus Did (US Bishops, 1972)
- Reading Questions
- What is the “perennial” task for the Church? (6)
- What is the measure of success of education? (8)
- What is the threefold purpose of Catholic schools? (14)
- Is effective teaching of religion an imparting of knowledge? (18) How do you teach church doctrine? (84)
- How does the emphasis on community mark a departure from the “institutional” paradigm? (21-26)
- How does the emphasis on service change the “fortress” mentality? (29)
- What changes to the parish school are recommended? (94)
- Why are Catholic schools the “best opportunity” to fulfill the Church’s purpose? (101)
- How are effective teachers described? (104)
- What is the solution to teaching racial tolerance? (109)
- What are the roots of the shrinking enrollments? (114-115)
- What do the Bishops teach about School Choice? (116)
- What are their 10 recommendations for action steps? (120) How relevant are their recommendations today?
- What kind of attitude should we avoid? (122)
- How do the authors view collaboration? (142)
- Reflection/Discussion Questions
- How well does the threefold purpose of Catholic schools match up to your school’s mission and purpose?
- List 3-4 quotes that you could pull out from this document to use in your own communication.