Indoctrination in Catholic High Schools may not be uncommon. In fact,
since they have more freedom in their curriculum, they are free to make
classes that do so. They can shape the curriculum of the students in
that they take a plethora of religious classes. This seems like a
harmless gesture since it promotes understanding. Yet one concern that
should be acknowledged is the effects of taking such classes. It is
possible that taking religious classes may reinforce the authority of
the Sponsoring faith. This in turn causes social polarization and
alienation between the Catholic students and the Non-Catholic students.
In the novel of Cory Doctorow, “Little Brother,” he
shows that indoctrination is never the right answer to educate the
children. He shows the damning effects of this through the four main
characters. One of which supports freethinking and the right to refuse
government actions. The other character demonstrates the effect of
indoctrination and how it diminishes the critical thinking faculties of
students and even creating radical and violent children.
Although it is not prevalent, Catholic schools
should reexamine whether some of their classes do indoctrinate. Though
they do not have to follow the same standards of their secular and
public school counterparts, they must be wary that no social alienation
is occurring in Catholic High schools. If they are not, this may cause
more trouble than anticipated.
Furthermore, I will also recount my experiences
in my Catholic High school and how it has shaped my opinion. I shall
then contrast it with other views of expert regarding student relations
in Faith schools.