Reasons for Teaching in a Catholic School


There has for decades been a major dispute in America over teaching in religious schools, with opponents sticking to the separation of church and state while supporters argue that religion teaches children strong values. This is also a problem for teachers to decide if they are comfortable teaching in a private religious school or would prefer teaching in a non-sectarian public school.

Religious Beliefs

  • The main reason teachers choose to work in Catholic schools is because they are Catholic themselves. In America all public schools must be non-sectarian, but there are still numerous schools which are religious-based and which require fees to be paid in order to attend them. One of the major reasons for a preference in this area is that public schools teach evolution as well as creationism, whereas many religious schools will just teach creationism.

School Funding

  • As Catholic schools are not state-funded, but rather get their money from tuition fees and charitable donations, they tend to have more money. This means better school buildings, newer textbooks and improved facilities across the board. As there is a direct link between the physical state of the school and the success of the pupil, many teachers may favor a better-funded religious school to an underfunded public school.

Vocational Occupation

  • Teaching is seen as a vocational profession, much like nursing. This means teachers teach not for the money, but for the job satisfaction of helping children learn. Under these circumstances most teachers are not fussy about where they teach so long as they are teaching.

Local Community

  • Independently funded religious schools tend to have a greater involvement with the local community. In Catholic schools these initiatives are fronted by the church and involve building local community centers and fundraising for local charities.


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