Selling the Common Core to Catholic Dioceses

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Just as Sister Carol Keehan and her Catholic Health Association helped to shepherd the passage of the Affordable Care Act—replete with federal funding for abortion—in the early days of the Obama administration, Sr. Dale McDonald and her “Gold and Platinum textbook partners” affiliated with the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), are now helping President Obama continue his “long march” through education.

Helping to guide the Common Core standards through the more than 100 dioceses that have already adopted them, Sr. McDonald has learned much from Sister Carol Keehan.  While the NCEA will not be receiving one of the silver tipped signing pens from the healthcare legislation signing ceremony that Sr. Keehan received, the Association has indeed stepped up to sell the Common Core.  Like Sr. Keehan’s propaganda videos assuring Catholics that “We Can’t Wait” for the Affordable Care Act, Sr. McDonald has created her own video to reassure parents that the federal government is here to help deliver a federally funded Common Core to Catholic school children—and that we all should “get on board.”

While Sr. Keehan enlisted progressive priests, nuns, and healthcare workers to co-star in her video to reassure Catholics that the Affordable Care Act was part of Catholic teachings on social justice, Sr. McDonald provides a similarly sincere message of how important it is that we all “get on board” with the Common Core in order to help children in our struggling Catholic schools—all while claiming a “neutral” stance from the NCEA on the Common Core.

This should not surprise anyone.  Both the Catholic Health Association and the National Catholic Educational Association are lobbying organizations.  Both are designed to lobby Congress and the President for federal assistance to the institutions they represent.  Just as Sr. Keehan has her own “partners” in health care delivery, including those who stood to benefit from federal largesse, the website of the Arlington, VA-based National Catholic Educational Association lists the “Platinum” and “Gold” corporate partners involved in promoting the Common Core for Catholic schools—many of whom stand to gain financially from Catholic school compliance with the Common Core.

Included among the Platinum partners are William H. Sadlier, Inc, the textbook company whose website promises to provide teachers with course materials that will “prepare students for the 2014/2015 Common Core Assessments.”  On its website, Sadlier also excitedly hypes the fact that a number of new programs were “coming soon” to “prepare students for the online assessments” including: Vocabulary for Success, Common Core Enriched Edition for Grades 6-10; Grammar for Writing, Common Core Enriched Edition, Grades 6-12; and Vocabulary Workshop, Common Core Enriched Edition Grade 2. 

Touting their  “secure web-based online student assessment” that will “track students through a comprehensive reporting system that provides detailed reports on class and individual student results,” Sadlier advises teachers that they can choose from “preformatted formative and summative Progress in Mathematics tests that are interactive, aligned to Common Core and automatically scored.”

Despite the fact that the NCEA continues to reassure Catholic school parents that the Common Core is not a curriculum, it is clear that Sadlier makes it clear that their company is designing its new teaching materials to “prepare students for the 2014/2015 Common Core Assessments.”

Likewise, Rowland Reading Foundation—another one of NCEA’s Platinum Partners—has created a 25-page online booklet to “explain the (Common Core) Standards for K-2, why they are important, and how Superkids meets them.  The Superkids reading program teaches children how to read and provides the tools teachers need to successfully implement the English Language Arts Standards in K-2.”  While Rowland reminds teachers that “the standards are intended to provide teachers with year-end goals” and “are not intended to prescribe what happens in classrooms day to day,” they provide materials to help children “meet” the standards.

And, Riverside Publishing—one of NCEA’s Gold Partners—offers webinars to help teachers “understand what the common core standards mean,” and offers their Assess2Know item test bank which will allow educators the ability to build quality assessments to measure student progress for grades two through high school. Teachers are invited to call Riverside (a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing) to “receive additional information on how these tools help students achieve mastery of the Common Core Mathematics Standards.”

Implicit in the marketing materials on the Common Core at the websites of the NCEA Platinum and Gold partners is that the curriculum will indeed have to be revised to accommodate the new demands of the assessments—just as critics of the Common Core Standards have always said.

And, although the NCEA continues to deny that the Common Core is a curriculum, Karen Ristau, formerly the President of the NCEA, told an interviewer for Our Sunday Visitor on January 27, 2013 that a religious dimension will be “infused” in the state standards.  Ristau described the NCEA’s “road map leading to a revitalized Catholic educational network for this century;” and she referred to the NCEA conference held in June, 2012 called the Common Core Catholic Infusion Initiative.

The debate over the Common Core has only just begun as Catholic school parents are coming to realize the revolution in their children’s curriculum.  It is difficult to know what to believe.  Perhaps we can learn from the lead-up to the legislation on health care. Throughout the debate over the Affordable Care Act, President Obama and his faithful helpers like Sr. Keehan—told us that “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor…if you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance.”  We know now that this was not true.  It was not true then, and it is not true now but the lobbyists continued that mantra and many were convinced at the time.

In some ways, the NCEA has offered similar reassurances—claiming that the Common Core is “not a curriculum”—implying that if Catholic schools “liked their curriculum, they can keep their curriculum,” (as one Crisis commenter playfully wrote recently in response to a Crisis article on the Common Core).  As Crisis readers likely recall, the NCEA published a statement on the Common Core on May 31, 2013 advising that “the Common Core standards are not a curriculum … a curriculum includes what is taught, when it is taught, how it is taught, and what materials to use.”

And, although standards are indeed not curriculum, Sadlier, Riverside and Rowland certainly know that standards drive curriculum—and they are preparing to profit from those standards. Catholic school parents and teachers know this also. And, some of them are beginning to become concerned about the direction that the NCEA and its Platinum and Gold corporate partners seem to be driving them.

Anne Hendershott

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Anne Hendershott is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Veritas Center at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. She is the author of Status Envy: The Politics of Catholic Higher Education; The Politics of Abortion; and The Politics of Deviance (Encounter Books). She is also the co-author of Renewal: How a New Generation of Priests and Bishops are Revitalizing the Catholic Church (2013).

  • thomas p. mcmorrow

    There needs to be a “Catholic” answer to non-Catholic teaching in our schools. Every Catholic school should have a cyberspace program available to them…and perhaps mandatory nationwide. One can imagine Cardinal Dolan teaching about Catholic ethics or a Franciscan imbuing ethics into a biology course, brilliantly. Heck, some of the sermons by Bishop Fulton sheen could be updated because fundamental beliefs don’t change.

    Why the Church has failed to provide a base of computer-accessed courses to our kids, in and out of Catholic schools, is anyone’s guess. Just do it!

    • Deacon Ed Peitler

      Absolutely. In this sophisticated digital world, one would think that Catholic educators – both homeschooling parents and those who discharge this function within the walls of a school called Catholic” – would have available to them all sorts of on-line resources that could be tapped into by Catholic schools GLOBALLY. Said resources could integrate Catholic teaching as appropriate. If all US dioceses contributed to the funding of such resources and made them available for nominal sums, we could make Catholic schools less onerously expensive for parents and those wishing to home school would not have to re-invent the wheel. In such an instance, the offices of the usccb could be of some practical assistance to Joe Pewsitter who actually funds the USCCB.

      And we also ought not forget that the raison d’etre behind ALL Catholic education is the preparation of our young to carry out the mission of the Church which is to evangelize. All teaching must subserve this end. If not, it’s simply secular education with a cross affixed to a building. Once we understand this, we’d quickly come to the conclusion that the government has no business interfering with a religious activity – in this case education.

      • teacher

        I am a Catholic school teacher and am against online courses to teach the faith. Students can learn information by looking at a computer screen, but they cannot be formed by a computer. The faith has always been handed on person to person. Will the computer share it’s personal faith with the student? I am all for online resources, but substituting online teaching for a live catechist?
        By the way, I teach in a tuition-free Catholic school in the diocese of Wichita, KS (all of our schools are tuition-free for practicing Catholics), so I do not hold this view because we need tuition, but because of the principles of the old and new evangelization.

        • Deacon Ed Peitler

          I was never suggesting that computers can evangelize, just that academics lends itself well to the digital format in support of education.
          I applaud your diocese’s tuition-free approach (as long as the Catholic schools have as their mission one identical to that of the Church). Otherwise it can be no more than an excellent private academy.

        • Slainte

          How do your parishes finance the free education for Catholics in catholic schools? Is it through tithing?

    • Greg Fazzari

      So…let’s do it!

    • John Albertson

      Dolan is one of the people anyone should ask to lecture on ethics. As I mentioned recently, the Archdiocese of New York has imposed the Common Core on all its schools without any consultation with pastors or parents. At the same time this
      following news item makes one ask what is the point of having Catholic
      schools at all if they are not Catholic:

      CWN – November 19, 2013
      A Catholic high school in New York has indefinitely postponed a
      scheduled appearance by a priest representing Courage, the organization
      that encourages chastity for those who are attracted to members of the
      same sex.
      Father Donald Timone, a spokesman for Courage, had been booked to speak
      to an audience of parents at Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx.
      But the school backed off the appearance, after a number of parents
      protested, saying that the talk would be unfriendly to homosexuals.

  • thomistica

    “Common Core Catholic Infusion Initiative”. Oh boy. What a turn of phrase. Pray tell, what needs “infusing” and why does it need to be aligned with externally “encouraged” “standards”?

    It is critical to see the Common Core in the larger context of the emerging threats to religious liberty for Catholics generally. The prospect of federal intervention in Catholic education alone suffices as a solid argument against Common Core. It is incredibly naive even to entertain such intervention. Playing with fire.

    All the sugar-coating of education-policy-speak will of course obscures the Trojan horse here. Catholic school administrators are stepping up and drinking the Kool Aid, and this needs reversing.

    • Mom2amob

      thomistica writes, “It is critical to view the Common Core in the larger context of emerging threats to religious liberty for Catholics generally.”
      Thomistica, could you give me one specific example of where the standards threaten religious liberty for Catholics? I’m very Catholic, I’m implementing the new standards in my homeschooling classroom, I’ve scoured the standards thoroughly, and I cannot find one, single instance of what you are seeing. What am I missing? As far as I can see, all common core does is demand a deeper, more rigorous understanding of the material. The “mile wide, inch deep” approach is replaced by a demand that the student understands the reasons behind the material. It’s all more academic. Kids need to really understand different approaches to solving a math problem and to be able to justify which one they have chosen. I can understand that some teachers aren’t going to like this as it involves work to raise standards, but anti-Catholic??? I’m not seeing it. I would greatly appreciate it if you could copy and paste a couple of samples from the new standards that support your claim. Thank you.

      • thomistica

        Thanks for your posting.

        In my view, there is sufficient argument for Catholic dioceses not to play ball with federal interventions in education, for the reasons give in my posting. I know these concerns may sound histrionic to many persons. On the other hand the USCCB has an initiative going about religious liberty and the overall issue is emerging as a real problem in the U.S. It is of course a matter of judgment as to how much trouble the federal government will ultimately make for Catholic institutions, educational or otherwise, and what fronts. My view is: let’s not take chances, and also work on raising the standards of Catholic education even further, independently of external agendas. Let’s not publicly endorse federal educational standards but develop our own. After all, Catholic education has a very long history and its own well of experience from which to draw.

        In sum, my point does not even ride on any details about the content of the Common Core.

        Posed as such, this is a slippery slope argument. Slippery slope arguments are sometimes worth taking seriously, at others times not. In this case, it’s my own judgment that it is worth taking seriously. You or others might disagree.

        Your question is very interesting–I haven’t really thought about use of these standards or any other standards in a homeschooling context. Might be good if others can chime in.

        Re. specific details of the objections to Common Core, please see the articles that have appeared about this in Crisis., I’m told that a video of a conference is available at the American Principles Project website.

        • mom2amob

          thomistica, thanks for your response. My point of view is very pragmatic — use what is best. If the new standards are better than what the parochial schools had in place, use the new standards. Put children ahead of personal ideologies and prejudices.

          • thomistica

            Not sure what you mean by personal ideologies and prejudices in all this. I’m very concerned about federal standards becoming a vehicle for the emerging aggressively secularist discrimination against Christianity, and in this sense are also very pragmatic. After all, the souls of children are at stake.

            Your situation is of course a special case, as a home schooler trying to find materials to use. But I can’t imagine that decades, ‘lo centuries, of Catholic involvement in education haven’t already provided better insights about what makes for a full and well-rounded education that trump whatever the researchers and statisticians at Dept of Education think they can offer. After all, look at the decades long legacy they have created of dumbed-down, and value-free, education. Not that Catholic education these days itself cannot be upgraded. It should be. But the tradition has all the resources necessary to do what they’re doing even better.

            I’m especially intrigued by efforts to retrieve the best fruits of a Catholic *classical* education, though there is nothing like this available locally that I know of, though it exists elsewhere. Kids need to learn how to *think* and how to develop their characters. Rhetoric, logic, Greek and/or Latin, memorization, classical literature, as well as top quality mathematical training, all contribute to this.

      • homeschooling2

        Mom2amob
        I’m a homeschooler too, and I took a Stanford online math class which provided CC material. I agree with you on the improvements you indicated (read Jo Boler’s “What’ Math Got to Do with it?”). However, a big however, when I read the curriculum materials through on a math problem, I noticed how individual solutions had to be scrapped in favor of the group solution, and then groups had to rate each other. There’s a BIG imbalance and then the political dynamics that forms in group often could tip the scale further in the wrong direction. So the assessment forms become TOO straightjacketed, too forced, I suspect with an agenda up the sleeve. Anything coming from the federal govt is tainted in that direction now (Obamascare!!!). Fortunately, as a homeschooler, you would have the freedom to avoid such nonsense and redesign the assessment process with the students.
        There are more content reasons in other subjects which boil down to making things look good on the surface but dumbing down in the end, especially into group think. Dangerous not to have the opportunity to develop one’s voice, one’s conscience which a true Catholic education seeks.

        • mom2amob

          homeschooling2, what you describe appears to be a facet of the Stanford online curriculum rather than of the standards themselves. What I’m seeing is an emphasis on being able to explain one’s choice of method (which is good, as the kids learn multiple methods and need to think about which one is best to use for a particular problem). My kids doing algebra and geometry this year are covering the material in more depth than their older siblings did back in the day. They do a lot of work on practical applications of the math they’ve learned, which really makes them ***think***. I’ll keep the new standards for my family, but please recognize that we homeschoolers and private schools are not bound to do so. It’s just that a lot of work has obviously gone into them and they hang together very well and very cleverly. Someone beyond the curriculum staff at the local school district has had a great overview and understanding of math and has really planned out these standards in a thoughtful and creative way. I think it would be a case of “cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face” to reject something so beneficial to children based purely on a vague ideology. Too many home school families neglect math and their kids end up doing Algebra 1 at community college in their late teens. I emphasize math in our home school. I want my kids competing with the top math students from the local public schools. I feel the standards are helping me to understand what is expected and to do well by my children.

        • doomsdae

          In simple terms, it’s the dumbing down of America, where everyone is the same, can’t have anyone smarter then another child. This has been in the works now for about the last two decades and it’s finally here folks!! We need to fight this Demon or it will take your children’s souls where you don’t want them going!

      • 1Bogota

        Mom2amob you might want to do more research on the “all more academic” aspect to Common Core. A recent article I read in Crisis Magazine and research of the Common Core website showed that the standards could possibly lead to eliminating certain math and science courses in addition literature has been made less important and replaced with more informational texts since certain math (Algebra II), science (physics), and literature content/skills is not considered useful in preparing students for college or the workforce (Remember that the mission of CC is to prepare competent global citizens at work…my question is where is the concern for the human spirit and imagination). I too am a teacher and a mother, and continue to look and see what if anything is terribly bad with Common Core. Beyond the concerns I have with content being watered down from an already watered down base, I do think the tracking of testing data and use of student data without parental permission is an infringement on liberty which is the apparent authority the schools have with CC. These are issues that I’m researching currently.

        • mom2amob

          1Bogota, thank you for your response. I would be most grateful if you could quote the particular standards that support your point of view. Thanks in advance. All I can see is that they raise the bar, especially in terms of in-depth understanding of the material.

      • doomsdae

        You apparently have your head in the sand momtoamob and don’t know anything about it, if you did know the extent of the damage it will do, you would not be talking so foolish. For one, it’s purpose (one of many) is indoctrination of the children, teach that sodomy is normal, abortion is normal, masturbation is normal and the list goes on. It amazes me that you actually believe that you are a good Catholic yet, believe that Common Core is actually good??? You really need to thoroughly investigate Common Core lest you lose your soul!!!

    • musicacre

      I wouldn’t say Kool Aid, sounds like they are making tea! (hint: infusion…:) The blending of so many word almost makes it sound like it could be a Starbucks concoction-Common Core Catholic Infusion…..

      • thomistica

        lol.
        Yikes! Don’t give Starbucks any ideas!

  • Steven Jonathan

    This Common Core State Standards is the most elaborate farce I have ever seen in public education- That so many so called “Catholic” educators are “on board” is a tragic sign of our times. What I have come to learn that is truly frightening is that those who support it in the Catholic schools sincerely support it and have their reasons why- they are of course not good reasons, but rationalizing that springs from invincible ignorance when a soul uses himself as his own source. As a counter example, we ought to remember Socrates in the Apology “the familiar oracle within me has constantly been in the habit of opposing me even about trifles” and here is talking about the objective standard, Truth himself- As he speaks at his death, he speaks with clarity and in harmony with the oracle within. As he reminds us, death brings clarity and prophecy- as the death of our schools has brought it to those willing to listen to the true conscience, not their own cant.

    • Anne Hendershott

      Thank you for reading them – you are right about this! So many people were “bought off” to accept and promote the common core – including the national PTA which received a million dollars from the Gates Foundation to promote the common core.

  • Greg Fazzari

    Before textbooks and other materials become unusable due to influence of the Common Core, we can consider the opportunity to create the curriculum that so many Catholics seek. There will most likely be a great market for them. Let’s begin now – a let the Common Core become a spring-board to make Catholic schools better!! In doing so, we can wake the rest of our nation up and lead the way into true educational reform.

  • chrisinva

    This trend does not help our efforts to revitalize Catholic primary and secondary education.

    Our Catholic schools are closing because parents have ignored Humanae Vitae and there are fewer Catholic children. Yet many of these parents complain when the schools are closed.

    Alas, those that do remain open often require “teaching credentials” from the same state-certified “colleges of education” that have wrecked government-funded schools.

    Moreover, some bishops disapprove of home schooling because the children, they say, should be in parochial schools. But Humanae Vitae families can’t afford five or six tuition payments.

    Then we discover that the schools are adopting federal, secular, and just plain rotten curricula. How can this aid our efforts to restore Catholic education and make it attractive to parents?

    Catholics should provide a choice in education, not an echo of the government system.

    Here’s Walter Williams on that score:

    “Schools of education, whether graduate or undergraduate, tend to represent the academic slums of most college campuses. They tend to be home to students who have the lowest academic achievement test scores when they enter college, such as SAT scores.They have the lowest scores when they graduate and choose to take postgraduate admissions tests — such as the GRE, the MCAT and the LSAT.”

    And we want this to be the Catholic model? Save us, O Lord!

    • Art Deco

      Our Catholic schools are closing because parents have ignored Humanae
      Vitae and there are fewer Catholic children. Yet many of these parents
      complain when the schools are closed.

      That’s an aspect of it, but diminished attention to observance and catechesis among nominal Catholics is also a factor. The most salient factor is the demographic implosion of the religious orders, which has destroyed the economy of Catholic schooling as well as robbing schools of the most reliably committed personnel. The decline in fertility has an effect on vocations, but their are other drivers.

      • musicacre

        The fertility issue IS hand in hand with the watering down of doctrine…we are in a demographic winter, that is a known fact by those who have done the research. We have just as many schools closing down in Canada, proportionately speaking. But many of the religious orders also went bad. I mentioned previously in another forum that the nuns that taught in the 70’s in my school were already infected by the beast of Modernism. The results are painful; almost no one I graduated with are still practicing Catholics.

  • Cathy

    It seems they want mathematics and language to follow the path of religious education taken up some 40 odd years ago, throw out principles, virtues and truth and replace them with concepts, values and relativism. Instead of situational ethics, one may conceive of situational math, in the end, such education serves the purpose of confusing every soul in its path. The soul becomes the servant of the endowment, in this case, The Gates Foundation.

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  • Archangel

    If Obama and the activist Nuns are for it, I’m opposed

  • John Albertson

    Cardinal Dolan’s archdiocesan school board imposed Common Core on all its schools with no consultation with pastors or families, and has since published a guideline explaining it merits !

    • slainte

      Fight back…speak up….organize a campaign. The silent voice is heard by noone.

      If you’re a New Yorker, you know how to do it.
      Start with a letter to the cardinal, on notice to every school in the archdiocese and every parent you know, review the articles and comments posted here to generate an inventory of Common Core’s deficiencies, and make certain you provide clear contact information in the correspondence to faciliate the cardinal or anyone else’s ability to reach you. If you are concerned about Common Core, so are a lot of other people in New York who feel equally as powerless.
      Better to go down fighting than to do nothing at all.

  • John Albertson

    This is from the Archdiocese of New York’s promotional flyer:

    How has the Archdiocese been preparing for
    the transition to the Common Core?

    The Archdiocese of New York has taken a proactive stance with
    regard to embracing the Common Core Standards. Over the
    course of this past year, teachers and principals have received
    professional development to (1) familiarize them with these new
    standards, and (2) help them begin to understand and discuss their
    implication for classroom instruction.

    Common Core-aligned unit plans in English Language Arts and
    mathematics have been developed and made available to teachers
    to help guide their instruction as they make this transition.

  • WRBaker

    I have seen and experienced how things work in Catholic schools for sometime now. So much depends on who is running the show, as it were.
    In one diocese, the education department runs everything with an iron hand. Application to teach or become a principal must pass their scrutiny before it reaches the principal or pastor (who is really responsible for the school and its operation). Textbooks: it’s “understood” who the preferred publishers are – though the school has to pay for them. These and others items are part of how things really work. Ruling by diktat is usual and is probably how Common Core became so easily imposed.
    Though Catholic school teachers average only about 80% of their public school counterpart’s salary (though they do a lot more and get little else) the mere mention of a union is enough to bring the full weight of the Catholic school system and the bishop’s education office down on one’s head. Funny, since ever pope since Leo XIII has said it was the right of every person to do so.
    Many (perhaps most) Catholic school teachers are not in favor of Common Core – they weren’t asked (nor were the parents) because diocesan education offices don’t work that way (they always know best) and the bishops know so little about it. If a Catholic teacher’s union was in place, the diocese’s education office would have to talk to the teachers (who also are the ones who talk to the parents) – what a concept!

    • Anne Hendershott

      You are right about that – but the national teacher’s unions were bought off – and the national PTA–which has become completely politicized–received one million dollars from the Gates Foundation to help the PTA “encourage” parents to get on board. There is a lot more to this story–Unfortunately, the same unions which protested George W. Bush’s “no Child Left Behind” are now totally supporting the Obama administration’s common core–despite what the teachers wanted. Randi Weingarten writes at Huffington Post – she agrees that there have been problems with the implementation but like the health care implementation she thinks that the problems reside there – not in the common core itself.

      • musicacre

        This (education) has all become such big business, burying forever the education aspirations of the parents for their children. The recipients are the ultimate victims; the students. Reminds me of a book I just read paralleling this story but in the health care field, “Motherless.”

      • WRBaker

        In looking at the 132 professors who called for rejecting Common Core, it looks like few are from Jesuit schools. Could it be that the Cristo Rey Network receiving Gates Foundation money (e.g., over 1/2 million dollars in 2010) has anything to do with it? “Date: September 2010 Purpose: to support Cristo Rey’s implementation of the Common Core standards across its network of schools, and to provide bridge financing at the Cristo Rey Network Center Office in implementing the next phase of the Education Enrichment Initiative”
        Not surprisingly, no one from LMU signed the letter – considering their lavender graduations, the resistance of their professors in dropping abortion and birth control coverage, etc, it seems consistent.
        At least one diocese has a “proclivity” of hiring only LMU-trained principals which gives one pause.

  • Denise Donohue

    What also is being driven is the instructional approach of constructivism which, for Catholic schools, can be the “nail in the coffin” for Catholic education. Constructivism is relativism’s bedfellow. Where a constructivist approach to mathematics might be OK, when used in History, Science or English, it opens the door to pluralism and subjective “truths” that run contrary to the Objective truth that Catholics believe exists outside of our own perspective. it would be detrimental to Catholic identity and further level the playing field between Catholic and government schools.

    • tamsin

      A word to the wise… constructivism doesn’t work well in mathematics instruction, either. They talk a good game about conceptual understanding when they are trying to sell the curriculum, and then the curriculum fails to ensure that children have mastered skills that demonstrate the child has understood the concept. Furthermore, the instructional techniques teachers are supposed to use in the classroom do not scale up for 30 students at a time.
      Typically, a school district adopts a constructivist curriculum because it is popular with progressives, freeing the mind of the child from rote memorization and unleashing the child’s natural genius for developing algorithms that make sense to her!
      and then the school district has to go back and find material to “infuse” this curriculum with memorization and standard algorithms.
      Math is a lot like music or sports.

    • Greg Fazzari

      Constructivism works very well in mathematics – in fact is mathematics education even possible without it. It definitely has a place in Catholic education. HOWEVER, it has to be handled from a Catholic view on man – which includes the fact that we are “fallen”, and “redeemed”. Pope John Paul II Theology of the Body expresses this beautifully. The problem with constructivism is that it is utilized by those with a sub-par understanding of “who is man”. Natural Law is written in our hearts – our faith is extraordinarily reasonable…constructivism can build from these.

  • Shannon

    I would just like to acknowledge Anne for her dedication in exposing the truths behind
    C. Core . Without warriors like you, this would all be going on unquestioned. The fact that this has been forced upon us in our Catholic schools is a travesty.

    Common Core denies all truths…..The ultimate truth of course being God the Father. This undermines the whole foundation of our schools.

    May The Lord have Mercy

    Shannon

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  • Marie Dean

    Is there a list of the dioceses who have accepted this? I only support NAPCIS schools and home schooling. We need to be raising a generation of saints, not more who do not think like Catholics.

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  • IntellectOne

    Sr. Keehan should be excommunicated along with the poison black pen that she received at the signing of the Evil Law ; The ‘Affordable Care Act’ a.k.a. Obamacare.
    The “Affordable Care Act” requirers health insurance plans to include abortion on demand, up to and including the 9th month, sterilizations, birth-control pills, sex changes. It also has panels that decide who should be refused healthcare and they will promote euthanasia. Not to mention the IRS that will go after America’s own citizens that do not want to purchase an evil insurance premium. Tax will also be used for the first time in America, openly, to kill the unborn.
    It also appears that Sr.McDonald should be removed.

    Anybody that consorts with Pelosi or Obama are not Catholic. Both are the perfect picture of Evil. Two big liars.

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    And so many of these so called religious Catholic’s are worshipping at the “Altar of Idolatry” for money is the root of all evil. We are in for a great chastisement in this country! As our blessed mother stated in one of her apparitions, “I don’t know how much longer I can hold back the hand of God!” To instill Common Core in the Catholic schools is for the only reason of, “Indoctrination.” Hitler took over the children in his day by so called, “reforming” education and that’s how he was able to control the parents. Today is no different. The “three days of darkness” will soon be upon us!!!

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