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Overview Jesuit high school education is thriving at a time when so many private and public school systems are burdened with troubles. What explains the success of Jesuit education? In They Made All the Difference, Eileen Wirth, a university professor and parent of a Jesuit high school student, shows how the answer is rooted in a compelling educational vision that dates back nearly 500 years, to the earliest days of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Society of Jesus. Throughout the book, Wirth shows how this grand vision is embodied in the people at Jesuit high schools. Readers are introduced to a Hall of Fame of individuals who make Jesuit high schools so great: teachers, chaplains, disciplinarians, coaches, parents, and students. The book ends with short biographies of notable Jesuit alumni (including singer/actor Harry Connick Jr. and the late journalist Tim Russert) and a profile of each Jesuit high school.
At a time when so many public and private school systems are burdened with woes, Jesuit high schools are thriving. Enrollments, budgets, and endowments are growing; alumni support is strong; and the schools enjoy an impressive reputation for academic and athletic excellence. Jesuit educators are even taking bold steps to develop new schools to serve poor and disadvantaged students. Eileen Wirth, a university professor and parent of a Jesuit high school student, explains how the remarkable success of Jesuit high schools is rooted in a centuries-old vision marked by acute sensitivity to the individual, fierce commitment to excellence, concern for the poor, and a spirituality that prizes self-knowledge and flexibility. By visiting Jesuit high schools all over the country, conducting interviews, studying countless books, and visiting every Jesuit high school Web site, Wirth learned--and eagerly shares with her readers--how Ignatian spirituality imbues every conceivable dimension of a Jesuit high school education. From football to freshman retreats, fund-raising to finding God in all things, They Made All the Difference details the incomparable success of Jesuit high schools and their far-reaching effects.Jesuit high schools make a world of difference. Their graduates make a difference in the world.Take a look at any Jesuit high school in the United States, and immediately you'll be struck by the fact that there is something different about its academics, as well as its athletics, student life, discipline, and spirituality. But what makes these high schools so different and also so successful? The key is a compelling educational vision that dates back nearly five hundred years to St. Ignatius of Loyola. Throughout this book, that vision is articulated and shown to be embodied in the students, faculty, and alumni of Jesuit high schools. Through fascinating and life-changing stories from Jesuit high schools, biographies of notable Jesuit high school alumni (including, among others, journalist Tim Russert, comedian Bob Newhart, Olympic medalist Kate Johnson, and actor/singer Harry Connick Jr.), and individual profiles of each Jesuit high school, readers will come to know and admire the schools and the people who make a significant difference in today's world because of the centuries-old vision they follow.
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Studio: Loyola Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.28" Height: 0.92" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Aug 15, 2007
Publisher Loyola Press
Grade Level High School
ISBN 0829421688 ISBN13 9780829421682
Availability 0 units.
More About Eileen Wirth
Eileen Wirth is a professor of journalism and mass communications at Creighton University. She worked for many years as a newspaper reporter and as a corporate public relations executive. She has written four books and numerous articles for national publications.
Eileen Wirth currently resides in Omaha, in the state of Nebraska.
Reviews - What do customers think about They Made All the Difference: Life-changing Stories from Jesuit High Schools?
Jesuit Education Dec 8, 2007
Having sent 3 boys to Creighton Prep in Omaha, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. So glad someone finally recognized this education for the "WONDER" it is !!!!For our boys the Freshman Retreat was life-changing.. both as Freshmen and as Leaders of it later.
A great read for anyone associated with Jesuit education Nov 12, 2007
This book is great for all of those who have been associated with Jesuit education. It demonstrates how Ignatian spirituality is a vital aspect of Jesuit education and the success that Jesuit schools have had.
If you are looking at working at a Jesuit school, or if you are currently working at the school, this is a great read.