Charlotte Hays of the Catholic National Register writes about the implications and problems Catholic schools are facing with the adoption of the Common Core in her article, Common Core Education Standards Generate Catholic Concerns.Having children in Catholic school, I have witnessed their full support of the standards and the zeal with which national Catholic educators have pushed the standards.
That’s why I was shocked to see that the National Catholic Educators Association claimed they do not endorse the Common Core standards. Really?
“Although the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) isn’t endorsing the controversial Common Core State Standards, the NCEA is helping Catholic schools across the nation prepare for CCSS implementation.”
However, on their website they have the following:
“The NCEA website characterizes the standards as a “call for excellence in academic programs,” adding that “one way” many schools are “ensuring excellence, appropriate challenge, and relevance in their curriculum is by utilizing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).”
What is it then? Officially they don’t endorse it, but unofficially they promote it to schools. As a parent, I’m concerned that the NCEA would encourage schools to adopt Common Core when they don’t endorse it and I would like to know specifically why they don’t endorse it. The education of our children is too important to be directed by standards that our Catholic educational leaders can’t endorse. Something is wrong with this picture.