The author of a new history of parochial schools reviews the soul-searching that gripped Catholic education in the 1980s and shows how doubt and anxiety forced Catholic educators to face a simple but vital fact of life: As long as there are parents, pastors, and teachers interested in parochial education, these schools will survive and thrive. Even though American Catholic parochial education will never again attain the position of influence it had in the middle of the 20th century, parish schools will remain important education laboratories for the coming century.
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Walch, T. (1997). From Doubt to Affirmation: Reflections on the Recent History of Catholic Parochial Education. Journal of Catholic Education, 1 (2). http://dx.doi.org/10.15365/joce.0102021997