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Nationalizing Education

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ChalkboardThe Common Core State Standards Initiative is a misnomer; it is, in fact, an effort to nationalize education. Because it would be unconstitutional for the U.S. Department of Education to standardize education, the private Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has funded development of the Standards and bought cooperation from the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. But the Obama administration has also played a major role in persuading states to quickly embrace the untested Common Core by offering federal grants for compliance.

What does this have to do with Catholic schools?  Although free to maintain their own standards, Catholic school leaders are concerned about being left behind, because their states and most of the nationally benchmarked tests are conforming to the Common Core. The result, if unchecked, will be a national and largely voluntary compliance with standards that are academically flawed, untested and not focused on the core mission of Catholic schools.

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. That is why parents are the primary educators of their children: “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)

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CatholicIsOurCore.org 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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