Letters to the Editor

December 23, 2014
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Parents should consider Single-Gender Education for their sons

Dear Editor:

Earlier this fall we invited prospective students to visit Malden Catholic for our Open House.

More than 175 boys and their families came to 99 Crystal St. on a very snowy Sunday. As they gathered in the dining hall, I had the opportunity to welcome them and talk about the choice they were facing. Just last year, I too was applying to Malden Catholic, of course as Headmaster and not as a ninth grader, but in many ways the process is similar.

I shared with these eager families the reasons I chose MC. This included the great academics, the sense of community, and the inspiration of the Brothers. It also included an all-male student body.

I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, where I attended an all-boys school. When I first decided to become a teacher I thought for sure I would go back to a high school like the one that I went to. It wasn’t to be. For the last eleven years I have worked in co-ed schools. While I loved the experience and enjoyed working with the young ladies, one thing stood out. The boys were being left behind. In eight years at Lowell Catholic, of the sixteen valedictorians and salutatorians only two were boys. Last year, at Saint Bernard School in Connecticut, we inducted twenty-one new members into the National Honor Society.  Only three were boys. In March of this year, the Pew Research Center published the following:

In 1994, 63% of recent female high school graduates and 61% of male recent high school graduates were enrolled in college in the fall following graduation. By 2012, the share of young women enrolled in college immediately after high school had increased to 71%, but it remained unchanged for young men at 61%.

At Malden Catholic, 99% of our seniors – our boys — are accepted to college.  We know that young men and young women learn differently.  We also know that they learn differently if they are together or separated from each other.  I urge parents to consider the benefits of single-sex education for their sons and to consider the excellent high school options available to them in the Boston area.

Thomas J. Doherty III

Headmaster

Malden Catholic High School

Thank you for the support

Dear Editor:

The Madonna Della Cava Society would like to thank the following friends and supporters of our 63rd Annual Outdoor Halloween party. For all our children of the neighborhood and surrounding communities.

Mayor’s Office of Arts and Tourism, Martin J. Walsh, Mayor, Patty Papa, D.J. AMO, Regional Review, Debra DiGregorio, Phil Orlandella, Sal Giarratani, Marguerite Concrete, Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Councilor Sal LaMattina, Councilor Michael F. Flaherty and St. Alfio’s Band.

Congratulations to FKO

Dear Editor:

I want to extend my sincerest congratulations to “For Kids Only” (FKO) as they recently celebrated their 30th anniversary in serving the needs of children here in Revere and throughout Massachusetts. I’d like to also congratulate former Mayor Tom Ambrosino and School Committee member Carol Tye in being honored and recognized at the event for their role in supporting and participating in FKO’s efforts to provide Revere children with safe, productive, life fulfilling programming and care.

The importance of Afterschool programs cannot be overstated.  Most of us know that in today’s world, many children, but for these after school programs, would return home to an empty house.  Financial pressures put on families often result in both parents working one or more jobs, or in other cases, single mothers, and/or fathers must work just to fund the basic necessities for themselves and their children. Programs like “For Kids Only” really matter and are worthy of our support and deserving of our gratitude.

Mayor Dan Rizzo

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