Obama’s “Common Core” educational standards vs traditional Catholic education principles

Across the country, Common Core is causing the same concern among parents, who fear the standards — endorsed by the Obama administration — will dumb down Catholic school education and replace it with secular lessons no different from those at public schools.

The Allentown Diocese and National Catholic Educational Association maintain that the church has full control over its curriculum, intends to go above and beyond Common Core standards and won’t sacrifice Catholic values.

“We want to take the best of the Common Core and in no way would we have looked to compromise our Catholic identity while implementing standards,” said Philip Fromuth, superintendent of schools for the Allentown Diocese. “We’re not looking at watering down our curriculum. We’re only looking to strengthen our curriculum.”

That promise isn’t enough to sway Herman.

“The church is walking into this blindly thinking that they are going to have more freedom than they are,” Herman said. “I think that’s what’s happening. They are walking into this with blinders on.”

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Editor’s note: Those of us who have been monitoring Catholic education over the past twenty years or so will tell you that there’s little difference in mentality – or political proclivities – between Catholic school teachers and those who teach in the public schools.

Catholic school teachers – much as Catholic bishops and their chancellery staff – tend to be overwhelmingly liberal – so regardless of the official party line – they will not only be easy marks for Obama’s “Common Core” curriculum – they will probably qualify as the very earliest adopters.

It doesn’t say “Liberal Arts” on all those fancy college diplomas, for nothin’! 

Academia – and hence, most of today’s college educated Catholic school teachers, have already been thoroughly saturated with the “Common Core” dogma, so it just makes logical sense to them – which means that this is already a done deal.

Chalk up another victory for the commie/lib/modernist establishment – and Barack Obama, their official poster boy.

All the more reason for Catholic parents to finally take personal responsibility for the faith education of their children – without delay.  

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1 Comment

  1. “Common core”? I’d prefer that my grandchildren have a chronic case of the common cold if they could be free to learn what they should.


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