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Bishop Christensen of Superior, Wis., Cautious About Common Core

Bishop Peter Christensen of the Diocese of Superior in Wisconsin has released a statement announcing that the Diocese will not be implementing the Common Core Standards “as a whole.”

He writes that Catholic schools in the United States have a long history of excellence that many public schools seek to emulate. He also 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.”

He continues:

For over 175 years, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Superior have been committed to providing a virtue-nurturing and exceptional education. We hold as our mission to prepare students spiritually, academically, and physically to proclaim and live out the Good News in preparation for eternal life. We do not plan to alter this commitment…

Parents entrust their children to our schools for a faith based, morally true environment of learning while providing training in skills that ensure future success. We provide a rigorous curriculum that helps students build a strong work ethic while being diligent learners.

To continue the long history of high academic success, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Superior will continue to develop our own curriculum and standards while viewing various state and national resources. In no way will the schools sacrifice our goals and expectations to conform to any one specific resource other than what we develop. Therefore, the Diocese of Superior will not adopt the Common Core State Standards as a whole. We will continue to monitor them against national testing and public high school entrance requirements while we build our own standards.

HT Father Z

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