Catholic High Schools: Facing the New Realities by James L. HeftCatholic High Schools: Facing the New Realities by James L. Heft

Catholic High Schools: Facing the New Realities

byJames L. Heft

Hardcover | December 1, 2011

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Catholic high schools in the United States have been undergoing three major changes: the shift to primarily lay leadership and teachers; the transition to a more consumerist and pluralist culture; and the increasing diversity of students attending Catholic high schools. James Heft argues thatto navigate these changes successfully, leaders of Catholic education need to inform lay teachers more thoroughly, conduct a more profound social analysis of the culture, and address the real needs of students. After presenting the history of Catholic schools in the United States and describing the major legal decisions that have influenced their evolution, Heft describes the distinctive and compelling mission of a Catholic high school. Two chapters are devoted to leadership, and other chapters toteachers, students, alternative models of high schools, financing, and the key role of parents, who today may be described as 'post-deferential' to traditional authorities, including bishops and priests. Written by an award-winning teacher, scholar, and recognized educational leader in Catholic education, Catholic High Schools should be read by everyone interested in religiously-affiliated educational institutions, particularly Catholic education.
Fr. James L. Heft, S.M. (Marianist), Alton Brooks Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California, is the author or editor of 12 books and over 150 scholarly articles, and currently serves at the President of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC ( His recent research has focused on the mission of...
Title:Catholic High Schools: Facing the New RealitiesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 6.42 × 9.29 × 0.91 inPublished:December 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199796653

ISBN - 13:9780199796656


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements1. Conditions for Success2. Historical Developments3. American Culture and Religion4. The Mission: Moral and Religious Formation5. Leadership: Theological Resources6. Leadership: Moral Sources7. Students Today: Descriptions8. Teachers: Calling and Response9. New Models and More Money10. The Future of Catholic High SchoolsIndex