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Guide for Parents

This Parent Guide is intended to highlight specific features of which can assist parents in making judgments on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and their potential impact on Catholic schools and students.

As you begin your walk through the website, we used the arrow (») to highlight portions of the website where you may wish to explore first.

Primer on Common Core

o  The Heritage Foundation


o  Pioneer Institute

o  Truth in American Education

  • Eight issue papers authored by seasoned Catholic educators detailing aspects of implementation of the Common Core into Catholic schools:

o  » "10 Minimal Adaptations Catholic Schools Should Consider Making to the Common Core State Standards" Dan Guernsey, Ed.D. | National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS) | 2.14.2014

o  » "The Naked and Procrustean Common Core" Dan Guernsey, Ed.D. | National Association of PrivateCatholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS) | 12.30.2013;

o  "The Common Core vs. the Classical Roots of Catholic Education" Andrew Seeley, Ph.D., S.T.L.| Institute for Catholic Liberal Education | 12.31.2013;

o  "The Common Core and the Private School: The Overreaching Effects of a NationalStandard" Maureen Van Den Berg | American Association of Christian Schools | 1.6.2014;  

o  "Maintain Schools' Religious Character to Protect Religious Freedom" Kevin Theriot and Jeremy Tedesco| Alliance Defending Freedom | 1.9.2014;

o  "Catholic Education in America: Accountable to the Church or the Feds?" Brittany Corona and Ryan T.Anderson | The Heritage Foundation | 1.13.2014;

o  "Catholic Identity Should Be at Heart of Common Core Decisions" Jamie Arthur, PhD | The Cardinal Newman Society| 1.14.2014;

o   "CommonCore Assessments May Be Cost-Prohibitive for Catholic Schools" Denise Donohue, Ed.D (ABD) | Ave Maria University | 1.16.2014

Catholic Identity Concerns

The goal of the CCSS is simply to prepare students for “college and career.”  This statement is in conflict of the mission of Catholic education which prepares students to encounter Christ through an education centered on the pursuit truth, beauty and goodness, thus preparing students not only for college, but for life.

This section of the website details articles and statements which address concerns on how Catholic identity is impacted in schools. Articles and statements include information from:

Common Core Standards

If you are interested in the actual standards, you have an opportunity to read them here. Also included is some analysis of them by our experts.

Nationalizing Education

Catholics believe in the principle of subsidiarity. As the center of authority moves away from local control, so too does the ability for input to be provided by those who are closest to the students being educated.  National and largely voluntary compliance with standards that are academically flawed, untested and not focused on the core mission of Catholic schools have the potential to negatively impact students. 

“Since parents have given children their life, they are bound by the most serious obligation to educate their offspring and therefore must be recognized as the primary and principal educators”.
(Cfr.II Vatican Council, Declaration on Christian Education Gravissimum Educationis, 1965, n. 3)

Articles are presented detailing the threats involved in moving towards nationalized standards and loss of local control (parental) in the implementation.

General Concerns

Articles of a general concern to parents can be found on this page.


Catholic Identity Concerns

Common Core Standards

Nationalizing Education


About Catholic Is Our Core

Catholic Is Our Core explores the controversial Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and concerns about their potential impact on Catholic schools and students. The site is a project of The Cardinal Newman Society, which promotes and defends faithful Catholic education and sponsors the Catholic High School Honor Roll. The Newman Society is committed to helping Catholic families, educators and Church leaders better understand the Common Core and protect the extraordinary legacy of Catholic schooling. Check back often, as the material on this site is updated frequently.


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