Bishop Greg O’Kelly has said that Australian Catholic schools are affected by a rampant superficiality that is is widespread throughout the country’s education system, reports Eureka Street.
He said today's students are confronted by many choices and they need to be educated to make the right ones.
“Confronting today's young people are choices of an extensive nature, far more than confronted their parents — not just choices of websites, or choices of TV stations, or choices of stores in shopping centres, but also choices concerning values and beliefs and lifestyles.”
Bishop O’Kelly is Bishop of Port Pirie and Chairman of the Australian Catholic Bishops Commission for Catholic Education. The comments were excerpted from his opening address at the recent Conference of Catholic Secondary Principals of Australia.
He blamed spiralling divorce rates on the fact that Australians have had more choices than they could handle, quoting from a Weekend Australian feature written by a journalist upon turning 40.
“We got selfish, or greedy, or something. We left our partners because we could. We terminated our babies because we could. We discarded the rules, loosened the ties that bind, stretched the limits of the allowed, and this left us dependent on instincts, on our untutored human frailty.”
Bishop O’Kelly acknowledged that educators live in a reality where NAPLAN and issues affecting numeracy and literacy dominated their agenda, but needed to realise that this is “increasingly to the detriment of education for depth and discernment”.
Schools confront the globalisation of superficiality (Eureka Street)