This was a reply to a broadcasted email on the greatness of the catholic school education system. I think the Catholic school model has been lost and now it is a model of supply based economics. It will never be what it was in the 40′s and 50′s. It was eroding and falling by the wayside in the 1960′s. By the mid to late 70′s a new goal was created to preserve the “Catholic School System”. Its motto was not to teach about Jesus but to provide a degree to get you into college above those students who were relegated to the public school system. It was not “God centered” but a “Entitlement” driven.
I find it difficult to support your education system. When I went to Catholic schools in Detroit, Our Lady of Good Counsel & St Cyril and Methodius High School from 1955 to 1968, it was because I wanted to learn about my faith, to be a Catholic. These were schools built, developed, and support by a local parish community. There was community life in the school. The parents were always involved in the student activity. We didn’t have students there because they were running away from public schools, nor did we have non-Catholics. They have no desire to learn about Jesus but want the name recognition for colleges acceptance. Both of these groups have driven the cost of education beyond the means of the majority of Catholic parents. $5,000 to $10,000 per year for a grade school diploma or high school diploma is outrageous. Your cost has been driven not because you are teaching the students about Jesus and Catholicism but because you have a limited number of seats and non-Catholics are competing for those seats. You do not make this education system available for the students that are the community but for those that can afford it. If you had Christ in mind your doors would be open to every inner-city child at no cost. The Archdiocese of Detroit takes are funds and gives it to your schools, whether we want it to go to you or not (via CSA & Changing Lives Together programs). What do you give back?
If you were successful in your goal, “…They do so because an education that puts God in its center is as it should be, is a priority…” our Churches would be packed every weekend not just on Christmas and Easter.It has become more and more incumbent of the parents to be excellent role models and put out as Christ would. Even then we do not always succeed.
Hard to believe but Indygo, the cat is gone. This picture is about a year old. We never really knew how old she was. My oldest daughter rescued her in 2000 or so. When she moved into a house that was her married friends, the husband at first so OK but with-in a few weeks told her either she moved or the cat had to leave. One thing that Indygo did was “talked” a lot. She was part Siamese that way. She would always meow in the morning to let me know she was on the landing and wanted upstairs. She would boss the dog always. When we called people & sang “Happy Birthday”, Indygo would sing right along with us. She was a people cat. When my older son would come home from high school sports & lay on the couch, Indygo was right there with him. He was never bothered by her even thought other cats would make him sneeze & his nose would really itch.
This summer she stopped eating. It took us a couple of weeks to realize nobody was really putting new food in her bowl. After a bunch a vet visits we knew she was going to be struggling. At first we thought she was pulling through but the pain in her jaw was pretty bad. She would eat a very little every so often. Then she would eat everything in sight. Her coat was pretty dull, her hair was falling out in clumps. She never socialized with the family much at all, just sleeping on the heat vent or staying in the basement, on a seat cushion next to the warm furnace. The decision relates to Long Term Care in a perverse way. I hated when my sisters had us move my Mom to a nursing home up north. I was sure there was more we could do. What was best for the person or the cat wasn’t always best for me the son/caretaker.
I was really torn as what to do. The vet wasn’t sure if surgery would even help & was concerned because of the lack a strength of a cats jaw bone. I finally put her to rest Monday. This is the second animal I had to put down. It never gets easier. I always think I hear her prowling around the house. The dog must miss her. They were always together, playing or fighting.
Well my six week run is now done by a great game set by the Duke. Too bad I didn’t keep Alex Smith he might have put me over the edge. The I pick up Brandan whatever his last name is & he puts up 2.5 points what a jerk. OActuaslly he never had a chance since he obviously wasn’t in the game plan. I used that “Bloomberg” thingy & it told me to pick up Crabtree but do I ever listen to reasonalble advice .. never! So I lost.
I made a post earlier tonight & I still stand by it, we should never keep TE. Maybe I should make that a rule. Then the next thing is that Norv Turner should get his name corrected.
So we now have 4 teams with 5 losses & 4 more on the brink. I think this year we are all weak. We will have a team with 5 or more losses in the playoffs.
See you next week>
Wish I could fly!
Being semiretired, I would be taking flight lessons. I always wanted to learn to fly. As a kid I never missed a show of Sky King.
A bird in the hand is a successful tweet
I am up in the on this. I really would like to use Google more. Both are a marketing tool. If you have a business, it is a necessay tool to broadcast information that is pertainent to said business. I was hoping that it would drive people to my blogs but at the moment I dont see a big effect.
In my opinion the dog is still out in the field looking for birds. He knows he can smell them but he just can't flush them out.
That is a question. A tough question. I don't read newspapers very much, a passing headlines while in line at the grocery store maybe. Even that is a local paper, whose news is more about road repair than anything national. I occupy my retired hours listening to podcast, about topics that interest me. I might buy a magazine but then its golf digest or fantasy footfall information.
I do receive a couple subscriptions, Columbia: the Knight of Columbus news; American Hunter: NRA news; The Scouter: BSA magazine: AYSO's soccer magazine, but those will sit around for months…waiting for a rainy day to be read.
I do try to read my RSS feeds; I have a gardening feed, two financial feeds, another version of the local newspaper feed, a couple of blogs, and an iPad news feed.
The most TV I watch for news is financial based, two 60 second spots with Jim Cramer in the morning & then his evening show, Mad Money. I usually watch the 11 PM repeat of the show. I might pick up minutes here and there during the day.
When I get in my truck, F-150, I am listening to podcast. They probably form most of my new information. A lot of editorials on economics, guns, HDTV, linux, computer repair, running, and always prayer. If steve Jobs hadn't perfected the iPod & iTunes, i would have a lot of time on my hands.
Shorts, sandals, and a t-shirt. I would have a margarita in one hand. I would be sitting a lounge chair, in the pacific ocean, on the white sands of some coastal beach. I could stay there forever. Maybe switch to a beer every once in a while.