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FOX News Features Common Core in Catholic Schools Debate, Newman Society Interviewed
4/16/2014
“Beauty, truth, and knowledge” are lost when Catholic schools adopt the Common Core, Bob Laird told FOX News correspondent Peter Doocy.


Catholic Business School Leaders Collaborate to Prepare Ethical Graduates
4/15/2014
“Ethics cannot be trivialized as the ‘stepchild’ of the business schools,” Dr. Simms told The Cardinal Newman Society. “It must be placed front and center as an anchor for all the other functional departments.”


New Online Guide Helps Parents Understand Key Issues, Concerns on Common Core
4/7/2014
“Based on the fundamental Catholic principle of subsidiarity, the Newman Society recognized the need for parents to have a role in the education of their children,” said Bob Laird.


The Suppression of Christian Speech on American Campuses: Dr. Ken Howell’s Story
4/3/2014
“The underlying message of secularism vs. religion is a real issue on campus,” Dr. Howell told The Cardinal Newman Society in an interview on March 31—and he would know.


Cardinal Newman Society Weighs-In on National Common Core Debate
4/2/2014
“We need to start with the basis of our Catholic faith and then build our curriculum around that... The mission of the Common Core is dramatically different than the mission of Catholic education,” said Bob Laird.


‘Humanitas’ Program Offers Catholic Liberal Arts at University of Kansas
4/1/2014
“Students take exclusive courses in the Great Books and attend Sunday evening lectures in theology through the St. Lawrence Institute for Faith and Culture.”


New British Catholic College Announces First Summer Program
3/31/2014
From August 10-22, Benedictus College will have students “sample a traditional liberal arts education” as well as enjoy “daily visits to London’s cultural centres.”


Exciting High School Summer Programs at Newman Guide Colleges
3/27/2014
High school students will get a chance to taste a bit of college life—and see what living the faith in college is all about.


Three New Catholic Schools Set to Open Modeled on Chesterton Academy
3/27/2014
Chesterton Academy describes itself as working to nurture both the minds and the souls of its students through an integrated education.


Pittsburgh Bishop Says ‘No’ to Common Core in Diocesan Schools
3/20/2014
“The Diocese of Pittsburgh has not adopted the Common Core, nor have we adopted a curriculum based on it,” Bishop Zubik wrote.


University of Mary Praised for Catholic Studies Program at Arizona State University
3/19/2014
The programs include the “study of Christology, church history, the Bible, faith and justice, Catholic Church architecture, and the role of St. Benedict and Benedictine monasticism.”


Teacher’s Union Unsettled with Common Core Implementation, Rejects Gates Funding
3/11/2014
A teacher’s union is citing the poor implementation of the Common Core State Standards as a reason to reject further funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for its Innovation Fund.


Thomas Aquinas College Accepting Applications for High School Summer Program
3/11/2014
In addition to discussing some of the great books, students will also be provided with recreational and spiritual opportunities—and a taste of what it’s like at Thomas Aquinas College.


Common Core Partnership Reveals Growing Impact on Curricula
3/7/2014
Common Core curriculum giant Pearson has announced a partnership with Bill Gates’ Microsoft, providing more evidence that the Gates-funded Common Core State Standards are being used to dictate school curricula.


Christendom Student Describes ‘Powerful’ Rome Experience
3/4/2014
A Christendom College student “walked in the footsteps of saints” during the College’s Semester in Rome Program.


Religious Education ‘Of the Utmost Importance’, Says Vatican Official in Ireland
3/4/2014
A Vatican official stressed the importance of religious education for “holistic development” to Catholic school managers in Ireland, according to The Irish Times


Evangelization Begins in the Home: Exclusive Interview with Seton Home Study
2/27/2014
“Families are attracted to us in the first place because of our Catholic curriculum and Catholic textbooks,” the director of Seton, Dr. Mary Kay Clark, said.


Newman Guide Colleges Named Among Nation’s 100 Best
2/27/2014
Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, N.H., and University of Dallas in Irving, Tex., were each chosen as the best four year-liberal arts college in their respective states.


Wyoming Catholic College Releases New Video: ‘Everything in Excellence’
2/24/2014
“Since December, 2011, we've graduated two more classes of students, refined our rigorous Liberal-Arts curriculum, continued to develop our distinctive Outdoor Leadership Program...”


Nation’s Largest Teachers Union Assails ‘Botched’ Common Core Implementation
2/20/2014
National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel wrote that there has been “poor commitment” to the correct implementation of the Common Core State Standards in the states.


Society Values Well-Rounded Education, Study Finds
2/20/2014
A new study has found that a majority of society’s members—at least when they have spent some time thinking about higher education—value a college education that teaches critical thinking and a broad array of subjects.


Catholic School in Colorado Joins Classical Education Trend
2/6/2014
St. Anthony Catholic School in Sterling, Colo., nearly had to close at the beginning of this academic year after 95 years of existence, but it was saved through the generosity of benefactors.


Minnesota School Finds Success in Catholic Identity, Classical Roots
1/28/2014
Saint Agnes School hasn’t been exempt from challenges in its 125-year history, but the journey has made the Catholic school that much stronger.


Catholic Schools Must Be ‘True Alternatives to Government Schools,’ Says Monsignor
1/24/2014
Msgr. Pope reminds that Catholic schools were originally founded to pass on the Faith, because salvation is the “most precious gift of all.”


Video: Catholic Homeschooling Innovates with ‘Hybrid,’ Classical Programs
1/21/2014
Television host Colleen Carroll Campbell reports on the growth of Catholic homeschooling and a “hybrid” homeschool program that brings Catholic students together in a "unique educational community."


Ave Maria, Catholic Univ. of America 'Best Law Schools for the Devout'
1/16/2014
The report indicates that Ave Maria was an easy choice for the number one spot on the list, noting that some law schools on the list "are stark about the relationship" to religion on campus.


Benedictine College to Launch Great Books Program
1/16/2014
Students in the Great Books program will "study the works that serve as a foundation of Western thought," according to the Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College.


Common Core Analysis Begins with Catholic School Mission, Says Veteran Educator
1/14/2014
Veteran Catholic school administrator Dr. Jamie Arthur asks, “Are academic outcomes (SAT, PSAT, ACT, college acceptance) how we measure the success of Catholic education?”  


Common Core May Conflict with Subsidiarity, Say Heritage Foundation Experts
1/13/2014
"The principle of subsidiarity empowers parents, in consultation with local teachers, schools and churches, to decide which sort of education is best for their children..."


Common Core May Endanger Religious Freedom of Catholic Schools
1/9/2014
In the report, two legal experts on religious freedom issues explain that Catholic schools must “maintain their religious mission in all their programs... if they want to avoid” government threats to their Catholic identity. 


Common Core’s ‘National Standard’ Threatens Autonomy, Religious Freedom, Says Education Policy Expert
1/6/2014
Faith-based schools are threatened by the national scope of the Common Core State Standards, which “will negatively affect the autonomy of these schools, chipping away at the religious freedom enjoyed by faith-based schools.” 


Bishop Christensen of Superior, Wis., Cautious About Common Core
1/3/2014
He points out that because the Common Core State Standards “have not been field-tested nor been around long enough to realize their impact, Catholic Schools should not fear them but monitor them.”


‘Catholic Is Our Core’ Launched to Address Concerns about Common Core in Catholic Schools
12/20/2013
The Cardinal Newman Society has launched the new “Catholic Is Our Core” project and issued a statement in support of greater parental involvement in the debate about the Common Core and advising caution before Catholic schools adopt untested, secular standards.


Latin Is Fun, Cool at Nebraska Catholic High School
12/20/2013
The Latin class is a part of the Catholic high school’s revitalization process to “widen [its] culture base, [its] academic and intellectual bona fides.”


Students ‘Ought to Believe in the Truth,’ Writes Catholic Teacher
12/17/2013
The two goals of knowing self and knowing reality are foundational in education, explains a Catholic teacher writing for Crisis Magazine.


Textbook Authored by Former Domestic Terrorist Bill Ayers Used at Marquette University
12/13/2013
In a video produced by Turning Point USA, students at Marquette University react in shock upon learning that a textbook written by William “Bill” Ayers is used in a freshman education course.  


New Documentary Sets Sights on Common Core
12/12/2013
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is the focus of a new documentary due out early next year according to its trailer.


Public Schools with Uniforms, Religion, and Tuition
12/10/2013
“Catholic education ceases to exist” if Catholic schools adopt Common Core, so says a theology professor at St. Joseph’s seminary in New York.


Common Core ‘Treats Students like Widgets’
12/10/2013
Common Core will fundamentally change Catholic schools if they implement the standards, according to an article by Paul Moses on Commonweal’s blog.


Questioning the Wisdom of Common Core
12/10/2013
“A growing chorus of voices” is questioning the wisdom, or lack thereof, in adopting the Common Core State Standards—and deservedly so, according to Lindsey Burke.  


Madison, La Crosse Dioceses Reject Common Core Standards for Schools
12/6/2013
The Diocese of La Crosse, Wis., will be “neither adapting nor adopting” the controversial Common Core State Standards, the Catholic school superintendent has told The Cardinal Newman Society.


Common Core Creates Educational 'Iron Cage'
11/27/2013
Many parents are feeling powerless in resisting the implementation of Common Core in Catholic schools, according to a recent article in Crisis Magazine by Anne Hendershott.


English Professor Provides Review of Common Core’s English ‘Substandards’
11/22/2013
Professor Anthony Esolen of Providence College is conducting a “tedious scrutiny” of the Common Core curriculum for literature and English and has termed the results “substandard."


Green Bay’s Bishop Ricken Says No to Common Core in Diocesan Schools
11/21/2013
“I have instructed our diocesan Department of Education staff, school principals and school system administrators that they not ‘adopt or adapt’ the ‘common core standards.’”


Common Core Is Curriculum, Contrary to Advocates’ Claims
11/19/2013
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made grants totaling more than $10.5 million to develop Common Core-compliant curricula.


Faulty Reasoning for Common Core in Catholic Schools, According to Franciscan Univ. Professor
11/11/2013
“Catholic schools may lose control of the curriculum in their own schools” if they adopt the Common Core State Standards, according to Anne Hendershott.


VIDEO: 'Our Common Core is the Catholic faith,' Newman Society’s Reilly Tells EWTN’s Arroyo
11/8/2013
Cardinal Newman Society president Patrick J. Reilly pointedly stated that Common Core is “something that we don’t want, and it’s something that we don’t need.” 


EXCLUSIVE: National Catholic Educational Association Gets Gates Foundation Grant to Promote ‘Common Core’ in Catholic Schools
11/6/2013
The Gates Foundation paid the National Catholic Educational Association more than $100,000 to support teacher training and materials on implementing the Common Core school standards.


Franciscan University Professor: New Federal Education Standards Rotten to the “Core”
10/17/2013
Professor Anne Hendershott said, “It is difficult to see how inviting the federal government into our Catholic schools to help create a new curriculum can make things better.” 


Former Independent Counsel Ken Starr Says Strong Morality Essential to University Life
10/10/2013
In a speech titled “American Higher Education: Working Hard … or Hardly Working?” Starr said the system of higher education is in need of major reforms.


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