Several people who've known that I went to Catholic school seem to have a lot of misconceptions about Catholic school. Since I said in my intro post that Catholic school, to their detriment, taught me to think critically. This was my reply, which I thought would share:
Not to be insulting to you, but people seem to have some pretty ignorant views of Catholic school based solely on stereotypes and urban myths. We didn't pray in every class, or have nuns walking around hitting us with sticks, or have priests wandering the halls with their dicks out. Maybe in earlier generations, but not when I went. Catholic school is SCHOOL first, and Catholic second. While certainly the majority of teachers and students were Catholic, we had students and teachers of many religions, mostly other Christian religions, but not always.
Just like any other school, we had completely non-religious classes including history/social studies, English (which for us was a grammar only class), reading (which was a literature only class), math, science, and specials such as P.E., music, art, etc. Sometimes we talked about religion in those classes, especially in music because we learned religious songs, but it's not like my education was side tracked by papally prescribed bullshit. We learned how old the earth really was, we learned evolution (though they did try to combine religion with it by saying God made evolution happen), heliocentrism, sexual reproduction, and all those other things that most people would think are forbidden.
We had ONE 45 minute religion class a day. We had a book that would bring up a social topic, a moral issue, a notable deed by another Christian and would teach how it was similar to something in the Bible, or how we could be better Christians by following the example, or what the church's official stance was and what we thought about it.
I can't speak for all Catholic schools, but from other people in my age group and younger that I know went to Catholic schools, they're much less brainwashy than people think. "Christian schools," on the other hand, might be different.