Belief in universal education as the means to prevent divisions
among social classes has long been an important element in American
society. This highly-regarded sociological study refutes prejudices
against Catholic education, such as claims that Catholic schools
are authoritarian, and that they no longer have a valuable role to
play in society.
Andrew M. Greeley and Peter H. Rossi tackle issues about
Catholic education at all levels: elementary, secondary, and
college. These include reasons why families have (and have not)
sent their children to Catholic schools, comparisons among
different Catholic ethnic groups in their tendency to take
advantage of Catholic education, effects of Catholic schools on the
religiosity commitment of their students and graduates, and the
relationship between religious formation in the home and in
Greeley and Rossi provide a complete picture of the state of
American Catholic education on the verge of a new age for
Catholicism in the country. Some of their findings--such as the
tendency of "Catholic school Catholics" to be more "tolerant" than
others--provide insight to the reasons for the profound changes in
the American Catholic community that followed in subsequent
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