Common Core Education Standards Generate Catholic Concerns (3104)
The academic quality of the new federal standards is insufficient, according to critics. by CHARLOTTE HAYS 06/17/2013 National Catholic Register
The article points out that the use of materials for suggested use will be used by teachers as it will make lesson planning easier and provide opportunities in some cases to slip in political material. In a Catholic setting, parents would have to be concerned whether the teacher is solid in their Catholic identity if this would be a valid point of concern over the discretion of “factual” material.
This is experimental and once again, the experts think that it is ok to use students as guinea pigs that will be prepared more to job training rather than for higher learning that Catholics aspired towards in their great universities where John Henry Newman’s Idea of a University Discourse 6 explains the purpose of a university: It educates the intellect to reason well in all matters, to reach out towards truth, and to grasp it.
Catholic institutions especially in needing to pursue the New Evangelization need to step back from the secular pedagogy and consider restoring the goal to “reason well in all matters” for all their students, poor or rich.