Parent-Teacher Relations in Selected Catholic Elementary Schools of Metropolitan Detroit

Engelhardt M Roswitha, Fordham University


All education, but most particularly Christian education, has always had for its ultimate goal the education of "good" men Goodness is here understood as an amalgam of moral, intellectual, and social goodness and that quality of efficiency which makes a man "good at" some pursuit in life. Pope Plus XI, in his encyclical letter, Divini Illius Magistri, brings out this point of goodness as the ultimate end of Christian education when he says: For precisely this reason, Christian education takes in the whole aggregate of human life, physical and spiritual, intellectual and moral, individual, domestic and social, not with a view of reducing it in any way, but in order to elevate, regulate, and perfect it in accordance with the example and teaching of Christ. Concerned most intimately and most vitally with the production of "good men" are, primarily, the home and, secondarily the school Parents and teachers together produce the end product of education "the true and finished man of character" This complementary task theoretically has always been acknowledged, but in the practical working out of this "ideal" educational plan the home has delegated or n surrendered more and more of its educative functions, This is due in large measure to the increased complexities of modern social living. Historically, retracing the educational pattern to less than a century ago, the life of the entire family centered in the home, The schoolmaster or dame gave instruction in the three R’s. Latin and Greek were taught in the classical schools but from parents came education in the fullest sense, that is, responsibility for religious training, industrial arts, vocational guidance, manners, morals, and health. The sudden impetus and development of public instruction on a national scale has gradually relegated the home to the background. It has received less and less attention through the years, Today, despite the efforts of parent-teacher associations, a dangerous gap still exists between parents and teachers. This gap must not only be bridged but filled, A situation analogous to the foregoing is found in the Catholic educational system.

Subject Area

Educational leadership|Religious education

Recommended Citation

Roswitha, Engelhardt M, "Parent-Teacher Relations in Selected Catholic Elementary Schools of Metropolitan Detroit" (1957). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30308731.