...but the talk yesterday by the deputy headmaster of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in London was simply terrific. Amusing, forthright, forward-looking and with a positive outlook - and taking no prisoners in the battle against silly slogans. He rattled through a tally of them at one point - things like "social inclusion" and "personalised learning"... Promoters of a secularist agenda, he said "take a term with which no one will disagree and them rob it of all meaning". There is a campaign to marginalise the Church from Britain's educational system which at the moment is gathering all before it - "a never-ending centralisation masquerading as not being monolithic."
But did I say he had a positive outlook? Yes, and he has -emphasising that it is up to us, as Catholics, to be clear about the reality of Catholic schools: they should be places where true learning, Christ-centred learning,thrives. We should not in any way try to downgrade the centrality of the Catholic Faith in Catholic schools but to explain and promote it with clarity and courage. Catholic schools can be there for the future, precisely because they are intrinsically able to respond to the needs of each new era and generation in a way that others cannot: "Only the unchanging enables us to change. The certainties of the Church enable us to steer a course as we tack through time and history."
The meeting was organised by the Association of Catholics in Education. Worth clicking on that link and keeping in touch.