Common Core architect says not to abandon traditional Catholic education

Students ‘will do superbly’ on new, common core-aligned SAT exam

The following comes from a December 14 Cardinal Newman Society article by Adam Cassandra: David Coleman, president of the company responsible for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and Advanced Placement (AP) exams and a chief architect of the controversial Common Core Standards, told The Cardinal Newman Society in an exclusive interview that students educated in traditional … [Read more...]

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‘No Child Left Behind’ replacement big news for Catholic schools

USCCB Chairman welcomes signing of Obama's Every Student Succeeds Act

The following comes from a December 11 Catholic Education Daily article by Adam Cassandra: President Barack Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on Thursday, overhauling the No Child Left Behind legislation of 2002 that expanded the federal government’s influence in local education — a move that is “great news” for Catholic schools said The Cardinal … [Read more...]

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What does the future of Catholic education look like?

Common Core architect to keynote National Catholic Education Conference

The following comes from a November 4 Cardinal Newman Society article: The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) has announced that Common Core architect David Coleman will keynote the association’s annual convention next March in San Diego, California, raising anew concerns that the Catholic association remains devoted to the Common Core standards despite serious … [Read more...]

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Why homeschooling is growing

Common Core adds to the mix

The following comes from a Sept. 1 posting by Nicole Russell on The Federalist. Fifteen years ago, the homeschooling movement seemed small, obscure, and, frankly, a bit scary. As a group, they seemed to be running away from the “immoral” public school system, and you were as likely to find them on a ramshackle farm in the middle of nowhere as doing seventh-grade Algebra at a … [Read more...]

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Bishop says he cannot endorse Common Core

Lists reasons why no parent should

The following comes from a March 16 Cardinal Newman Society article by Justin Petrisek:   Bishop Liam Cary of the Diocese of Baker in Oregon has responded to growing alarm regarding the Common Core State Standards and their impact on Catholic education. In his “Thoughts Along the Way” column for The Diocesan Chronicle, Bishop Cary listed points of concern with … [Read more...]

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Common Core stokes homeschooling

A swift upswing

The following comes from a Nov. 29 story on the Cardinal Newman Society site. Evidence shows that parents are choosing to homeschool their children in order to escape the Common Core State Standards, two leaders in the Catholic homeschooling field told The Cardinal Newman Society. Recent findings in several states indicate that there has been a significant increase in … [Read more...]

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Why moguls want to give your kids iPads

A hidden curriculum arrives in the classroom

  The following comes from an Aug. 20 story by Nathan Schneider on Aljazeera.com. When I was in elementary school in the early 1990s, I remember asking my parents to keep their grocery store receipts. If my school collected enough of them, the receipts could be redeemed to acquire more of the Apple IIs that populated our computer lab, which we in turn would use to … [Read more...]

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How to opt out of Common Core

400 individual data points per student

The following comes from an Aug. 31 email sent by the Thomas More Law Center. The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, MI, designed the comprehensive opt-out form for parents concerned about Common Core and who want to protect their children’s privacy from educational data mining. The form allows parents to choose which Common Core … [Read more...]

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Literary analysis in first grade

  The following comes from a Dec. 31 release issued by the Cardinal Newman Society. In the second of a series of reports on the Common Core State Standards published by The Cardinal Newman Society, education expert Dr. Andrew Seeley finds that the standards are inconsistent with Catholic schools’ roots in classical education. The report is part of the Newman … [Read more...]

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ObamaCore

  The following comes from a Nov. 20 story by Anne Hendershott on Catholic World Report. The war over the Common Core—the new federal standards imposed upon public schools in 45 states as well as in more than 100 Catholic dioceses— escalated last week when a beleaguered Education Secretary Arne Duncan launched a personal attack on “white suburban moms who—all of … [Read more...]

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