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PAGE 12 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC AUGUST 26, I i NCEA says students hold moral values Washington, DC- A new study by the National Catholic Educational Associa- tion (NCEA) says that Catholic students in parochial schools have stronger "pro- family" views, express less support for the military and are more willing to con- tribute money to the poor than Catholic students in public schools. The study compared the attitudes of 16,000 Catholic high school seniors in parochial schools as contrasted to Catho- lic students in public schools. NCEA hailed the results as showing that paro- chial schools give stronger "positive" in- fluences to students in many areas in- cluding closer affiliation with the church in terms of social values and moral goals. The study also shows that Catholic school students attend church more regularly, give more money to the church and consider religion and religious val- ues in general as more important to their lives than do the public school seniors. While the Catholic school students are more likely to want to attend college, they also have a less positive view toward education than public school students. Catholic offidals say this is due to "the more rigorous" academic demands in Catholic schools. Tiffed The Heart of the Matter: Effects of Catholic High Schools on Student Values, BdkJ/and B hav/on, the study uses data gathered as part of an ongoing, annual government-sponsored survey of 16,000 U.S. high school seniors called Monitor- ing the Future. l'he results are very encouraging," said Michael Guerra, executive director of the Secondary Schools Department at NCEA. =The evidence clearly demon- strates that Catholic schools succeed in touching the hearts of their students. Unlike its public school counterpart, the Catholic high school is part of a larger setting in which strength is drawn from a common moral language, a common history and a shared vision of the human The Current Picture: Differences Among Catholic Seniors in Catholic High Schools (CHS) and Public High Schools (PHS) A HOLY MESS Im- maculate Heart of Mary students have watched their school undergo some messy alterations this summer. The 9,600 sq. ft., $282,000, air-con- ditioned addition in- cludes two classrooms, library, science lab, .... sickroom, workroom, journey." The study also showed that recent Catholic high school graduates shared beliefs, values and behaviors of their pre- decessors who attended Catholic schools ten years ago. Catholic educators found this news encouraging- especially at a time when many in the U.S. are concerned about the moral values and vision of the country's young people. The NCEA executive added that the academic success.of C tholic schools, reported in various studies,gincluding analyses of the U.S. Department of Education's High &hods and Beyond study by Dr. James Coleman, are also at work in shaping non-academic outcomes. "School climate, parental involvement, teacher commitment, and strong school leadership may have an even greater impact on the formation of student val- ues than they do on academic achieve- ment," said Guerra. qn the final analysis, Catholic schools are different and they are successful because they are Catholic." NCEA is the largest private, profes- sional education assodation in the world. Founded in 1904, the association's mere- bership represents more than 200,000 educators. Source: National Catholic Educational Association, 1990. The Heart of the Matter. S, es range I 410 1.S:t et ave es ale slam of Supi: .. ........... Nondiscrimination Little Rock - A statement of policy, attesting to nondiscriminatory practices in Catholic schools of the Diocese of Little Rock, has been issued by Sr. Henrietta Hockle, OSB, Superintendent of Schools. The, full ,text reads: 'q'he Catholic schools of the Diocese of Litde Rock will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of their educational policies, personnel policies, admission policies, scholarships and loan pro- grams, athletic or other school admin- istered programs." This policy applies to all the schools under Catholic dioc- esan auspices: Our Lady of Fatima, Benton; Sacred Heart, Morrilton; Immaculate Concep- tion, Blytheville; Immaculate Concep- tion, NLR; St. Joseph, Conway; Im- maculate Heart of Mary, North Little Rock; Holy Redeemer, E1 Dorado; St. Mary, North Little Rock; St. Joseph, Fayettevi|le; St. Patrick, North Little Rock; Christ the King, Fort Smith; St. Mary, Paragould; Immaculate Concep- tion, Fort Smith; St. Joseph, Paris; St. Boniface, Fort Smith; St. Peter, Pine Bluff; St. John, Hot Springs; St. Paul, Pocahontas; St. Michael, Hot Springs; St. Vincent dePaul, Rogers; Blessed Sacrament, Jonesboro; St. John, Russellville; St. Mary, Lake Village; Holy Rosary, Stuttgart; Christ the King, Little Rock; St. Michael, West Memphis; Our Lady of Good Counsel, Little Rock; Trinity Junior High, Fort Smith; Our Lady of the Holy Souls, Little Rock; Morris School, Searcy; St. Edward, Litde Rock; Catholic High, Little Rock; St. Theresa, Little Rock; Mt. St. Mary, Little Rock; Subiaco Academy, Subiaco. Grant writing workshop set Little Rock- On Sept. 12, Dr. Emily Duncan Mathis and Br. J. Edward Doody, FSC, of Christian Broth" ers University Memphis, con" duct an all-daY Dr. Emily Mathis operation. The program will in- clude: * Introduction to proposal writ- ing; * Advantages to schools and faculty members; * Generating fundable ideas; * Outlining a proposal utilizing workshop for school adminis" trators, teachers, development of" ricers and atff" one interested i.q learning how to write for grant~ The diocesan school office is sponS0. ing the workshop to assist Catholic schools to secure needed funds for Br. Doody, a five step formula; * Small group work on developinff proposal; , "" * Where and how to look for fu ing. The workshop, will be held at John Center, will begin at 9 AM a#l conclude at 4 PM. Cost for the d Y' including lunch and take-home matt.. rials, is $30. Contact the local schOOl principal or the diocesan school offia for a registration form. Deadline for; registration is Sept. 1. i:i Seven area workshops were cOl ducted around the state to assist n school board members to become miliar with their dudes as a consult,at body to the pastor and the princil the operation of the school At eaCttf the workshops, Sr. Henrietta PIoC ec OSB, Superintendent, introduced new 1990 Manual of Policies and ge . lations that governs Catholic schoolS Arkansas. In addition, the ta; Nonpublic School Accreditation prOC was explained to board memberS..!