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.  

Home schooling mom claims her world is more real than yours

People sometimes (with a straight face, mind you) accuse my husband and I of “depriving” or even “abusing” our children by homeschooling them in a rural setting. How, they wonder, will our girls ever adapt to the (cough) “real” world if they don’t have the socialization opportunities of school? What do you mean we don’t have television reception in our home? How will our kids ever learn what kind of behavior is expected of them unless they watch such intellectually lofty programs as “Glee” and “Gossip Girl”?

The implication is because our children are growing up valuing modesty, self-control, honor and self-respect, they are maladjusted little twits who will end up as drooling misguided troglodytes with the collective social skills of, say, wood lice.

Then I see a television program and realize why some people think our parental methods are destructive. We’re raising our girls far, far away from the “real” world.

In the “real” world of modern America, girls are raunchy sexual creatures whose sole purpose from toddler-hood on up is to dress provocatively, adorn their bodies with tattoos, piercings and make-up, and whose sole goal in life, apparently, is to find out how many boys they can bed.

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Homeschooled students outperform their peers in college, study concludes.


PURCELLVILLE, Va., Aug. 3 /Christian Newswire/ —
Last week, a study titled Exploring Academic Outcomes of Homeschooled Students was released and showed that homeschooled college students significantly outperformed their peers.

“This is great news for the homeschool community,” said Michael Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). “Once again, homeschooling parents have shown they are more than capable of preparing their children for all aspects of life.”

The study covered homeschoolers from 2004-2009 at a mid-sized college in the upper Midwest. Among the major findings:

Homeschooled students earned a higher first-year GPA (3.41) when compared to other freshman (3.12).

Homeschooled students earned a higher fourth-year GPA (3.46) when compared to other freshman who completed their fourth year (3.16).

Homeschooled students achieved a higher graduation rate (66.7 percent) when compared to the overall student population (57.5 percent).

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California court reverses anti-homeschooling decision

Los Angeles, Aug 12, 2008 / 03:41 am (CNA).- By a 3-0 decision the California Court of Appeals for the Second Appellate District has reversed its earlier ruling that would have required homeschooling parents to be certified teachers in order to homeschool in California.

In February the court ruled that California’s compulsory education law requires parents to send their children who are ages 6-18 to a full-time public or private school or to have them taught by credentialed tutors at home.

On Friday the same three-judge panel ruled that parents with or without teaching credentials can comply with the law by declaring their home to be a private school, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Parents still must file statements with their local school districts attesting that their children are being educated in all legally required subjects, in English, by a person “capable of teaching.”

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