Skip to comments.Pittsburgh Bishop Says ‘No’ to Common Core in Diocesan Schools
Posted on 03/21/2014 4:23:30 PM PDT by marshmallow
In a letter released Tuesday, Bishop David Zubik assured parents in the Diocese of Pittsburgh that the Diocese is not using the Common Core State Standards in its schools and has not participated in a controversial program to integrate the standards into Catholic schools.
The Diocese of Pittsburgh has not adopted the Common Core, nor have we adopted a curriculum based on it, Bishop Zubik wrote.
Be assured that our Catholic identity is the core of our curriculum, he added. Our Catholic faith guides the selection of all curricula, goals, textbooks and other resources.
Bishop Zubik dismissed concerns that the Dioceses membership in the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) might suggest participation in the NCEAs Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative to help Catholic educators adapt the controversial standards.
He wrote, That project has no bearing on education in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. It is important to understand that the NCEA is not a governing body for Catholic schools. By Church law as your bishop, I am the highest authority on Catholic education in the Diocese.
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“Prepare to be assimilated.”
Reckon this good Bishop get loan Knoxville a clue?
>>Prepare to be assimilated.>>
The tax payers will be furious if the Catholic schools are assimilated and the school taxes go up.
Good for him!
Common Core is a confusing and unfocused approach to learning, based on the premise that “lower income” (read “black”) children “learn differently” and can’t be expected to pass tests based on facts.
First of all, that’s not true. Children of any color can learn if they’re expected to do so...that’s the nature of children. The NYC charter school in Harlem that De Blasio is trying to close in order to placate the teachers’ union is mostly black - and has the highest math scores in New York State. Neither the children nor their color is the problem.
Common Core is useless educationally (if you’ve looked at the materials) and is mainly a channel for political indoctrination.
My daughter, a teacher, also complains about the CC curriculum in some parts of the proposed program.
This may come as a surprise but what I have seen of the CC (and I admit I have not read all of the standards), the standards are fairly general in nature. I don’t believe there is anything that is anti-Catholic per se. So I guess I’m not sure I’m following why having Catholic schools follow it is that awful.