A Catholic Solution to Education

To The Editor:

In view of public education in New York City, I would like to propose two steps to solve the problems. First, Mayoral Control of the public schools should be abolished.  Second, management of the school districts should be directed by the superintendents of the Roman Catholic parochial schools of the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn, and operated by religious orders of the Catholic Church, such as the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn and the Christian Brothers of the Schools. Both orders of educators have a track record of excellence for hundreds of years and are inspired by their respective Franciscan and Lasallian pedagogic models and the authenticity of their motivations to educate the whole person – spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and physically. These religious brothers (and orders for women religious, such as the Sisters of Mercy) are the only solution to the present academic failure of public schools, as well as the only sound holistic perspective on the need of persons in their temporal and eternal ends.

Joseph N. Manago,