Ruth Joy - Promoting citizenship through Catholic education
Ruth is interested in the ways we educate kids for citizenship, Catholic education, and teacher preparation. Her focus right now is on the meaning and effects of school ethos as she proposes the answer to this question:
Almost four decades of studies, using a variety of measures and definitions of good citizenship, have found that Catholic schools do a better job of educating kids to be citizens than any other kind of school. Ruth is proposing an answer to the question: How can a set of universal ideas (found in the teaching of the Catholic Church) so successfully promote a specifically American understanding of citizenship?
Ruth has been a public and parochial school classroom teacher and school principal. She began her doctoral program in Curriculum & Instruction, but came to Cultural Foundations when she realized what she was truly interested in were the Big Questions.