The modern society puts less and less value on religion. Many traditional people believe that religion is a great part of our life and it should be integrated in the education of our children. When it comes to a religious education, catholic schools are the most popular choices. It would be inaccurate to generalize this type of education and put a good/bad label on it. Whether or not such a school is the right choice for a child, depends on each individual family. If you are struggling with this decision, you need to make a pro-con list in order to make the best choice for your children.
Catholic schools are usually private institutions which rarely have affordable tuition. However, there are many programs which can help you get cheaper tuition. Before deciding to send your child to a catholic school you need to make an analysis of the family budget and see whether or not you can afford such a school and if you qualify for any discount programs.
- School schedules
Most catholic schools start earlier in the morning than public schools. This is great news for the adults since they can book dental or doctor appointments for the children in the afternoon without having to wait for the weekends. Furthermore, most such schools also offer full day kindergarten programs.
- School uniforms
This is quite a controversial subject especially if you have teenage kids. Most parents agree on the fact that school uniforms have a lot of benefits. For starters, uniforms promote a certain equality between the children. Furthermore, a school dress code avoids you a lot of fights over which clothing you and your children consider to be age inappropriate. Last but not least, you spend less money and clothes and the children spend less time trying to decide what to wear (this is particularly true for teenage girls).
- Religious considerations
You will be surprised to know that most parents who send their kids to catholic schools are not very religious. However, they want their children to receive a moral education which is rarely found in public schools. One might think that it is not alright to force children to embrace a religion at an age when they don’t yet understand its meaning or their religious choices. However, the main benefit of religious schools is that they promote moral values. This type of schools don’t force the children to accept Christianity but they do teach them the importance of leading an honest and respectful life.