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Catholic High Schools: Facing the New Realities

James L. Heft


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. This book argues that to 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 l ... More

Keywords: Catholic high schools, lay leadership, consumerist culture, pluralist culture, diversity of students, Catholic education, teachers, students, parents

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199796656
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796656.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James L. Heft, author
Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, University of Southern California