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2 " '' :J!' The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 10,000 educators celebrate Catholic CINCINNATI (CNS) -- Ten thousand Catholic educators from across the United States gathered in Cincinnati April 18-21 to learn and to celebrate the revived interest in Catholic schools. They cheered as Sister Catherine McNamee, president of the National Catholic Edu- cational Association, an- nounced that Catholic school enrollment was up by 41,000 in the 1994-95 school year, for a third consecutive year of growth. "One year might be luck, the second a small miracle, but now we're on to a trend," said Sister McNamee, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Speaking at the NCEA's 92nd annual convention, she said the enrollment turnaround is partly due to a nationwide four-year market- ing campaign to promoting Catholic schools. "I also believe the country's concern about a decline in morals has given a boost to the values-added education we provide," she said. Former U.S. Education Sec-. retary William Bennett echoed that view in a keynote speech to the convention April 18. Americans are looking for moorings amid the "march to decadence" they see in the cul- ture around them, said Ben- nett, who was education secre- tary under President Reagan, drug czar under President Bush, and more recently au- thor of "Book of Virtues," a book on moral values that has sold more than 2 million copies. "We have become a society that any decent 19th-century Christian denomination would send missionaries to," Bennett said. "People are looking for some- thing they can hold on to, rely on, trust," he said. He said the key to educa- tional success is what he calls the "3 Cs': content, a strong core curriculum; character, moral superiority in students; and choice, parental choice in schools. What makes Catholic educa- tion valuable is its reliance on moral and spiritual principles, he told the educators. "Keep doing what you are doing. Stay active and they will continue to come to your doors." Richard Riley, current secre- tary of education, also asserted the value of Catholic education as he called for a new empha- sison family values in an ad- dress April 21. "The public school sector can learn much from the Catholic school experience," Riley said. He cited Catholic schools' emphasis on a core curriculum, high academic standards, fam- ily involvement and commu- nity service by students as keys to their success. Thomas Lickona, a develop- ment psychologist and author of several books including "Ed- ucating for Character," called character education an in- creasingly important task in schools today. When educators see greed, promiscuity, dishonesty and drug abuse in their students, they should recognize those as symptoms of an "underlying crisis of character," said Lick- ona, a professor of education at the State University of New York at Cortland. In his address April 20 he called for explicit sch)olwide and classroom strategies to de- velop character in students. "We need to look at the school through a moral lens and to see the moral dimension of everything that happens in the classroom and everything that happens in the school .... Everything is a form of charac- ter education, whether we in- tend it to be or not," he said. "Currently our society suf- NEW THIS YEAP!!!- "CRAFTS" a Wicker-Market and Home Accessories EVANSVILLE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOLS PRESENT AN CO-HOSTS: Holy Redeemer, St. James, St. Phillip, Resurrection, Christ the King, Evansville Day School, St. John, Newburgh, Good Shepherd, Evansville Christian School, Washington Catholic Sale Open Daily: 10 A.M. 7 P.M. Extremely Low Prices Not Found Elsewhere Oriental Rug Prices Will Be Below Advertised Sales, Closeout Or Going Out of Business Prices MillRd. He=merRd. Catholic Center [ Hwy 57 The Catholic Center 4200 N. Kentucky, Ave. Evansvilel, IN For more information or Special Request Call (812) 424-5536 Ext. 64 1-800-637-1731 Payments Accepted: Cash, Check fers from a stemming of sexual "Chastity must lation of Be Davis told the the history of can Catholics treasure, the nation's Father tory Seminary rad, Ind., black t tors sion April Catholics: Challenges to! America." : : "Many Catholic leaders do littk knowledge" Catholic heritage States, he said. He sai walk on Amerl' baptized rived with colonists in and California. Until the C the Catholic ica was a chains, for dren wore ery." Another Sister Jamie ologian at the logical Union the history in the U.S. c one of oPP ress tracism. The black daunted forgiveneSS "t " adversl Y the church, The churc come a "true unity and div Phelps bring cation At the Mass Ap Daniel E. nati focused Christian ........ schools. Catholic the identity level in he said. a deep, bridges resurrection He need ing touch studentS. In a ho! card of a sense to the basic ing," he them of the core He ask the: their l mentS families