As a Catholic, I had to smile at this Virginian-Pravda story. Best yet, it features my parish, St. Gregory's. http://hamptonroads.com/2008/03/enrollment-hampton-roads%E2%80%99-catholic-schools-bucks-national-trend
As I've read in a few Catholic publications, we need to rebuild the Catholic subculture that was largely dismantled after Vatican II. A good Catholic education should reinforce the Catholic identity for these children, which will help much in subsequent years.
Finally, I cross myself when an ambulance (or EMS zone car) passes without any formal training to do it. It's common sense for any Catholic.