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pLIC AI~ANSAS ~%~ CATHOLIC ATIO AL O ,o r 9 Study: Private schools get high marks but By erry McGuireat St. Benedict riot flying colors CAT.OUC N WSSE., C School, both in Seatde, don't sub- ~rve By Carol Zimmermann SEATTLE (CNS) -- While football scribeto any foot- ! CATHOLIc NEWS SERVICE ter Cele Gorman and St. Joseph of Peace but they do their :~ isn t their favorite sport, Dominican Sis- ball publications .... i homework. at a WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Although Sister Kathryn Silverthorn are following They read what ~r0- private schools do a much better job than the National Football League with spe- ai~] their public school counterparts, they lag cial interest this season, they can about ili~ k The two go on the air every Friday the teams, consult W I yt0~ehind in a few areas, according to a aftemoon,just as their school week ends, with friends, and II ! tirtg ! Zlew study. forh The study, conducted by the New-York on KIRO-AM in Seatde to predict theweigh records, ]] B outcomes of four select NFL games in a streaks and ~ B tg a Showedased PubliCthat a largeAgendapercentageF°Undati°n'ofAmeri- segment with host Dori Monson called home-field advan- II II aare cans think private schools are better than "One-On-One with a Nun. rage. With the ex- ~ B ~ick".PUblic schools at keeping order, push- Monson keeps a running tally of howception of the m I1~ ~g academic excellence, oromoting val- the three of them fare from week tohometown Seattle ~iii yotl tlea and providing a safe environment, week. So far -- as in past years "7-" the Seahawks' games, i and The two categories out of 13 where nuns are ahead. After the season s first Monson selects [] II . ~n,~,_.__i_v...i~etn,e__2c:ulnl[:t~e~~ ~e~as ~ five weeks, Sister Gorman was 13-7andcontests where C1K,-S photo by Terry McGuire, T/~Pro~nlcss 1~ Sister Silverthom was 10-10. there are no Sister Kathryn Silverthom (left) and Sister Cele German net It s al! done respectfully, Monson heavy favorites, predict the outcome of NFL games on a Seattle radio program. of The study, called Assignment Incom- noted. "I ve never made fun of them orFor both sis-" #d ~.~: The Unfinished Business of Edu- tried to condescend or make it campy, ters, sports has been a part of their lives in the Women s National Adult Baseball •t~on Reform," was released eel 10. It he told the Catholic Northwest Pr, o gress, since girlhood. Association: Her team is a farm club of ear ~ based on a poll of 1,200 adults with Seattle s archdiocesan newspaper. I just Sister German, a Seatde native, played the Silver Bullets touring women s team. thought the incongruity of it was what tennis, volleyball and basketball in high Her father, Earl Silverthorn, played lect * margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 made it so enter ,taining for people." school and continues to play tennis,pro ball in- the Brooklyn Dodgers farm east .Percent. d 439 had children In the segment s first year, when two Growing up in Blessed Sacrament Par- system, reaching the AAA minor league Of those surveye , _ r n f m other nuns were picking the winners, ish, she played against her brother, Tom level. He later scouted for the Milwau- ~r- ~ Public school, and 57 pe ce t o the ~.d they would switch their children to David I.etterman's staff liked the novelty Norman, who would go on to become akee Brewers. l~ Pnvate school if they could afford it. so much they offered to fly the nuns to pro tennis star and compete in the semi- In their football forecasting, do the )tff" New York to appear on his program. The finals at Wirnbledon and captain the U.S. two sisters favor teams like the New Or- ~c~ - - sisters declined. Davis Cup team. leans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals t~ . ,ASked to comDare private and public Ool% 61 percent said private schools fi~l ;~.e better at maintaining order andSister German, who teaches fourth Sister Silverthorn pitches and plays because of their names? No. grade at Holy Rosary School, and Sister center field and third base for the Se- Would they go to New York if "~clpline in the classroom, and 53 per- Silverthom, a physical education teacher attle Diamonds women s baseball team Letterman should call again? You bet! gtd ~e~i.'c standards~at said private schools push high aca- • IMIY 22 percent said private schools ~e the best environment to teach stu- yrtts how to deal with people of diverse I [ ~ounds, and only 23 percent said t is ~r~te schools provide a better educa- ~ ~ ~. 0n for students with special needs, such ~e ~ the physically handicapped. ~ " T ~" #r ~Th.e high marks for private schools ieg {h'~cularly reflect for Catholic schools ~elr whole "reason of being," said tlae ~or~,ciscan Sister Regina Haney, execu- ttff".e director of the National Association the ut Catholic Boards of Education. tile k~As far as the low marks for private ~lOols, such as diversiW, Sister Haney ~ ca. that Inner oty Catholic schools serve ~verse populations and various cultures" ,r i0 ~*ct that suburban schools are perhaps ~t as diverse "by nature of who's living ~[uere,, She said serving snecial needs [ Kavanaugh Blvd. h~r uents in Catholic schools "is certainly ] Little Rock I it_ area to ~row and imorove on" and five "-at Such woUrk is starting'. 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