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Letter to Catholic Bishops: Catholic Schools Should Reject the Common Core

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One hundred and thirty-two Catholic professors have sent a letter to each Roman Catholic bishop in the country pleading for them to reject the Common Core national standards in their parochial schools.

Over 100 dioceses and archdioceses across America have signed on to the Common Core—an effort supported by the Obama Administration to establish national standards and tests in English language arts and mathematics. The National Catholic Educational Association supports the standards.

But, as the 132 professors argue, the Common Core could have devastating effects on the curricula, the educational decision-making authority of parochial schools, and even the overall mission of the Catholic Church:

We write to you because of what the particular deficiencies of Common Core reveal about the philosophy and the basic aims of the reform. We write to you because we think that this philosophy and these aims will undermine Catholic education and dramatically diminish our children’s horizons.… Common Core was approved too hastily and with inadequate consideration of how it would change the character and curriculum of our nation’s Catholic schools. We believe that implementing Common Core would be a grave disservice to Catholic education in America.

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