Author Ryan Topping just moved back to Canada from USA. His books are excellent. He is now VP at Newman in Edmonton
In Australia, a national study showed that a mere 3 percent of recent grads from publicly-supported Catholic schools attend Mass immediately after graduation – all the while believing that, in the words of researchers, religious beliefs are “purely personal lifestyle choices” ……
…. But here, when we ask “why has Johnny stopped going to church?” one answer is: our pedagogy has sometimes directly undermined his motives for attending. …
.. Behind these experiments in textbooks and pedagogy, or at least partially behind these experiments, lay a novel theory of learning: “Radical Constructivism.”..
Ontario public schools are full of constructivist education!
Topping used Cardus stats in the article. But other Cardus stats on govt Ontario Catholic schools are much worse. I believe Ontario and Australia results may be roughly the same. If we take 5% of 40,000 OCSB students (some OCSB schools are actually a majority non-Catholic) from JK-Grade 12, that means only 2000 of those people (currently students) will be attending mass in 14 years. Only 2000 new adult parishioners gained over 14 years! How many parishioners will die each year for the next 14 years? Catholic demographic winter…
- no difference with public schools of rate of divorce
- Catholic grads more likely to be gay/bi/trans
- same as public school in believing so-called gay marriage is ok
- do not volunteer any more than public school grads
- more likely to believe that science conflicts with religion
- Less likely than public school grads to believe the bible is an infallible guide for behaviour