In a statement to parents and other stakeholders, Charles Taylor, the superintendent of Catholic Schools of Gaylord (Michigan), explains why his diocesan schools will not implement the Common Core State Standards Initiative. This continues a recent trend of dioceses that have rejected the Common Core. Bishop Ricken reported that the Diocese of Green Bay would not be implementing Common Core. And Catholic Education Daily recently learned that other Wisconsin dioceses will also not “adapt or adopt” these standards.
Taylor notes that “our Catholic identity and formation remains at the heart of who we are and what we do; in essence teaching our students to recognize and pursue that which is good, holy, true and beautiful.” Past attempts to “shoehorn” religion into popular, secular curricula result in a “dilution of Catholic culture and loss of identity that has been so lamented for nearly half a century.”
He closes by saying that, “It would be irresponsible for our diocese to embrace that which has not been tested or proven superior to what we currently use.”
Accompanying the statement is a series of Frequently Asked Questions, which goes into more detail concerning the Gaylord Diocese’s decision to not adopt the Common Core. He also explains the importance of Catholic identity as the core of the curriculum that is being used.
While [Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning] guides our curriculum work, it does not define our work…Our Catholic identity and formation remains at the heart of who we are and what we do; in essence teaching our students to recognize and pursue that which is good, holy, true and beautiful.
The Diocese of Gaylord is home to St. Francis High School in Traverse City, Mich., which was recognized in 2012 as one of Top 50 Catholic High Schools in the United States by the Catholic High School Honor Roll, a program of The Cardinal Newman Society.
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