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How the Common-Core approach conflicts with Catholic teaching

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Dec 06, 2013

The Common Core, Anthony Esolen writes, is “a bag of rotten old ideas doused with disinfectant; its assumptions are hostile to classical and Christian approaches to education; it is starkly utilitarian; its self-promotion is sludged up with edu-lingo, thick with verbiage and thin in thought; its drafters have forgotten, if they ever knew, what it is to be a child.”

But leave all that aside. Esolen has a more serious objection to the Common Core: the presumption that the education of children is the responsibility of the government, not parents. Which, of course, is what the Catholic Church has always taught, and still teaches.

Read this short, powerful essay, and ask yourself why any Catholic diocese would ever consider adopting the Common Core.

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  • Posted by: Defender - Dec. 06, 2013 1:53 PM ET USA

    Most bishops rely on their education dept. to handle these things. Most are intransigent in viewpoint and direction - like the NCEA, they know best. They have favorites in textbook publishers and control the hiring and promotions of teachers (though in K-8, the pastors have nominal control) and have a preference for certain schools. Common Core subverted Catholic education with the Gates' money to NCEA and the millions given to the Cristo Rey Network. Parents and teachers were not consulted.

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