A response to: Catholic Education Out of Reach
I am a teacher at a Catholic High School where our own tuition is close to $10,000.00 a year. I agree that it is a high price for any parent to have to pay and I admire them for the sacrifices they make for their children. That being said, I do not agree that our Catholic schools are elitist. People have to realize that it costs an exorbitant amount of money to run a school. Those of us who teach at Catholic schools do so with the full knowledge that we will struggle financially because of the low pay but we accept it lovingly for Christ and for our students. Many of us teachers will never be able to afford our own homes, have newer cars, cease living with two or three roommates to afford to make rent or ever have enough to send our own children to private school either. Yet, we support our schools with a financial contribution from our own paychecks and we work at helping students with financial need.
I know the cost of receiving a Catholic education. I saw my single mother struggle to send us to parochial school and as an adult I chose to attend a Catholic University. I now owe over $100,000 in student loans but I for one, think it was worth every single penny even if it takes me my whole life to pay it back.
I understand that not every parent can afford to make these sacrifices but let’s not start assuming that our Catholic schools are elitist. We need to find a way for our children to receive the education parents truly want for them.