Page 2, 8th May 1953

8th May 1953
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Page 2, 8th May 1953 — CATTIOLICS AND SCHOOLS

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the writer of the original letter on the subject of Catholics in non-Catholieschools, may I make one or two observations on points raised by some of your correspondents?

First, I entirely agree with "First Things First" and "Catholic Teacher" that Catholic children ought not to be in non-Catholic schools when Catholic school places are available. But the children themselves, surely, are not to blame. The parents are responsible for arranging the education of their children, Boys and girls, even of 11. can hardly be expected to make their own arrangements with the local education authority. So I do not see what this point has to do with the issue. There are children in nonCatholic schools (sometimes) through no fault of any Catholic concerned) and all I wished to suggest was that perhaps Catholic teachers in non-Catholic schools could help them. As for Catholic teachers in nonCatholic schools, your correspondent, Mr. David Smith, has pointed out that, with the best will in the world, it may be physically impossible for a married teacher with a house of his own to move to another part of the country. "1 he situation is more complicated if he has children settled, say, in a good Catholic grammar school. Or if he has more or less dependent relatives who cannot follow him around in his peregrinations. But the real difficulty which I would ask "First Things First" to face is this: there are many types of Catholic school and each demands teachers with widely differing qualifications. If I am a graduate in German, say. with subsidiary French, and no Catholic school wants a teacher with these qualifications. what am I to do, if I do not try, meanwhile, to obtain a post in a non-Catholic school? And, again, supposing a vacancy does arise, and I apply. but my application, with or without interview, is unsuccessful, what do I do then?

The fact is there are many Catholics in non-Catholic schools who would be only too pleased to work in a Catholic school but for whom no suitable vacancy arises. Meanwhile, there is much they can do to help spread God's Kingdom on earth, among their colleagues, the boys and girls, and, above all. the unfortunate Catholic children in the school.

Peter Dowden.

17 Town End, Caterham, Surrey.

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