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ALERT: NCEA PROMOTING COMMON CORE AND OTHER PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION MODELS AT UPCOMING NCEA CONVENTION – April 22-24. OUR TEACHERS ARE REQUIRED TO GO. OUR BISHOP SAID NO TO COMMON CORE!
SEE OUR PRESS RELEASE HERE – July 2013 – about the National Catholic Educational Association and how it is heavily promoting Common Core.
PRESS RELEASE – September 2013 – Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative WEBSITE SHUT DOWN AFTER PARENTS’ EXPOSED CONTROVERSIAL MATERIAL IN IT!
Pittsburgh Catholics Against Common Core Statement on CC in Catholic schools – we sent this to Bishop Zubik in Pittsburgh as a summary outline of our concerns with Common Core.
***The below are Good “GO-TO” articles…for Catholics against Common Core and to present to other parents, pastors, and educators – these articles lay out the dangers of Common Core and its progressive agenda in Catholic schools.***
- How Common Core Literary Standards Undermine Education
- Common Core: Twenty-First Century Peonage – Professor Esolen hits a home run on this one!
- Saving the Uncommon Core of Catholic Education
- Selling the Common Core to Catholic Dioceses
- Buying Catholic Support for the Common Core
- The Iron Cage of the Common Core
- The Federal Takeover of Catholic Education
- Superior Catholic Schools Already Exceed Common Core Standards
- Franciscan University Professor: New Federal Education Standards Rotten to the “Core”
- Common Core Lite: Coming Soon to a Catholic School Near You
by Defendlife.org (this is an excerpt from their newsletter).
- Common Core: A Threat to Catholic Education – by Phyllis Schlafly
- Common Core Education Standards Generate Catholic Concerns
Good article that summarizes it all – by the National Catholic Register
- Common Core Commotion: Is New Curriculum Catholic-School Friendly?–As Wise as Pigeons: Lessons Never learned
– Excellent essay!
- The Ambitions of Bill and Melinda Gates: Controlling Population and Public Education
- New Gates History Curriculum Closes Young Minds to God
BIG HISTORY – add this to the Science standards, and we see an attack on Absolute Truth….
- Good one written by a Righteous Catholic Mother – Whose Authority Anyway?
- What Common Core is All About
- Catholic Schools Adopt Common Core for Compliance, Not Quality
- A Case for Classical Education : How Catholic schools can and should cease this opportunity
- Catholic Teaching Relevant to the Common Core : Canon Law Pertaining to Catholic Education
The below articles provide background on Common Core, the Catholic education system, and its roots in Outcome Based Education (Skinner, Bloom, Mastery Learning etc). It is so important to understand these concepts while reviewing the SOURCE Documents above.
- “Back to Basics Reform – OR…OBE *SKINNERIAN INTERNATIONAL CURRICULUM?” by Charlotte Iserbyt. Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration, where she first blew the whistle on a major technology initiative which would control curriculum in America’s classrooms.
- Report on Common Core –“CATHOLIC CHILDREN IN GRAVE DANGER: A REPORT ON COMMON CORE IN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS” A well-researched and powerful, in depth report on the history, motives, mechanics and content of Common Core. This was written by a Concerned Catholic Grandmother in St. Louis, MO named Betsy Kraus. It has been sent to the head of every Diocese in the United States as well as some prelates in the Vatican.
- “CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN AMERICA: TO DECEIVE THE ELECT?” By Betsy Kraus. This reports reveals, in one place, the groups and people who are working to change Catholic education in America. It asks VERY important questions about the underlying motives by so many involved in Transforming it. A hard copy of this report has been mailed to every Prelate who heads an (arch)diocese in the United States. Or get the PDF right here: Catholic Education in America
- “Catholic Gateway to Global Understanding” by Betsy Kraus. This report is as timely now as when it was written some years ago. It shows how global and behavioral education, and New-Age thought was promoted at the 1985 National Catholic Educational Association’s (NCEA) Conference, and gives stark testimony to the beginnings of what has now replaced classical Catholic education.
- “MANIPULATING STUDENTS – REWARD AND PUNISHMENT” by Anita Hoge. Anita was the subject and ain researcher for the book, Educating for the New World Order. She was the first to document the expansive data collection operation of our government establishing micro-records on individual people in the United States. Experimentation, illegal testing, & data collection is exposed.
- *****Letter written to Bishops by 132 Catholic scholars who have taught for years in America’s colleges and universities. This is really amazing! Praise God!***** Here’s another version…http://files.meetup.com/1387375/Letter%20to%20Catholic%20Bishops%20on%20the%20Common%20Core%20F.pdf
**GOOD RESOURCES about Common Core in general***
General and Interesting Articles
Great place to start on common core in general… or if you want to pass something along to friends and family…
Who are the Power Brokers Behind the Common Core State Standards? This is a really good brief summary of who’s who. A good reference.
Common Core State Standards: An Example of Data-less Decision Making – Christopher H. Tienken, Editor AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice
Pioneer Institute White Papers on Common Core – at Truth in American Education
“World Core Curriculum” and its roots… A MUST READ.
Dr. Sandra Stotsky tells her experience in working on the Validation Committee of Common Core and how it was NEVER a “state-led” or transparent process…“Pulling Back the Curtain on Common Core”
What’s Wrong With Outcome-Based Education?” by Phyllis Schlafly.
Good site to find source documents on Common Core – go right to the source.
Here’s a great post that debunks the PA Dept. of Education’s misleading “fact sheet”…
Christopher Tienkin questions the “evidence” and shows how wrong it is.
An unique analysis of the real motives of Common Core – to banish God and competition from the school system… Common Core Conspiracy!
Next Generation Science Standards
They are here!
An amazing evaluation of why the Science Standards promote an atheistic worldview and ignore the First Amendment.
Kentucky battling them…Kentucky’s proposed science standards for schools face another hurdle
Commentary & Feedback on Draft II of the Next Generation Science Standards – an analysis by Thomas B. Fordham Institute
A revealing analysis of the required Informational texts in CC, the lack of evidence to support that standard, and the faulty application of it…The Naked and Procrustean Common Core
A More detailed review by Stotsky: What’s wrong with the Common Core ELA Standards?
One of the national reviewers of both the first and second drafts of the new TX math standards, James Milgram, talks about the flaws in detail. Very informative…
Fabio Augusto Milner Testimony to Indiana Senate on Math Standards – good summary of some things missing in CC math
Common Core Math Problems from an elementary school will astound, stump, and anger you.
Good analysis of the problems with Common Core math.
Commentary on Math Standards by Ze’ev Wurman
Canon Law of the Catholic Church
TITLE III: CATHOLIC EDUCATION
Can. 793 §1 Parents, and those who take their place, have both the obligation and the right to educate their children. Catholic parents have also the duty and the right to choose those means and institutes which, in their local circumstances, can best promote the catholic education of their children.
§2 Parents have moreover the right to avail themselves of that assistance from civil society which they need to provide a catholic education for their children.
Can. 794 §1 The Church has in a special way the duty and the right of educating, for it has a divine mission of helping all to arrive at the fullness of Christian life.
§2 Pastors of souls have the duty of making all possible arrangements so that all the faithful may avail themselves of a catholic education.
Can. 795 Education must pay regard to the formation of the whole person, so that all may attain their eternal destiny and at the same time promote the common good of society.
Children and young persons are therefore to be cared for in such a way that their physical, moral and intellectual talents may develop in a harmonious manner, so that they may attain a greater sense of responsibility and a right use of freedom, and be formed to take an active part in social life.
CHAPTER I : SCHOOLS
Can. 796 §1 Among the means of advancing education, Christ’s faithful are to consider schools as of great importance, since they are the principal means of helping parents to fulfill their role in education.
§2 There must be the closest cooperation between parents and the teachers to whom they entrust their children to be educated. In fulfilling their task, teachers are to collaborate closely with the parents and willingly listen to them; associations and meetings of parents are to be set up and held in high esteem.
Can. 797 Parents must have a real freedom in their choice of schools. For this reason Christ’s faithful must be watchful that the civil society acknowledges this freedom of parents and, in accordance with the requirements of distributive justice, even provides them with assistance.
Can. 798 Parents are to send their children to those schools which will provide for their catholic education. If they cannot do this, they are bound to ensure the proper catholic education of their children outside the school.
Can. 799 Christ’s faithful are to strive to secure that in the civil society the laws which regulate the formation of the young, also provide a religious and moral education in the schools that is in accord with the conscience of the parents.
Can. 800 §1 The Church has the right to establish and to direct schools for any field of study or of any kind and grade.
§2 Christ’s faithful are to promote catholic schools, doing everything possible to help in establishing and maintaining them.
Can. 801 Religious institutes which have education as their mission are to keep faithfully to this mission and earnestly strive to devote themselves to catholic education, providing this also through their own schools which, with the consent of the diocesan Bishop, they have established.
Can. 802 §1 If there are no schools in which an education is provided that is imbued with a Christian spirit, the diocesan Bishop has the responsibility of ensuring that such schools are established.
§2 Where it is suitable, the diocesan Bishop is to provide for the establishment of professional and technical schools, and of other schools catering for special needs.
Can. 803 §1 A catholic school is understood to be one which is under the control of the competent ecclesiastical authority or of a public ecclesiastical juridical person, or one which in a written document is acknowledged as catholic by the ecclesiastical authority.
§2 Formation and education in a catholic school must be based on the principles of catholic doctrine, and the teachers must be outstanding in true doctrine and uprightness of life.
§3 No school, even if it is in fact catholic, may bear the title ‘catholic school’ except by the consent of the competent ecclesiastical authority.
Can. 804 §1 The formation and education in the catholic religion provided in any school, and through various means of social communication is subject to the authority of the Church. It is for the Episcopal Conference to issue general norms concerning this field of activity and for the diocesan Bishop to regulate and watch over it.
§2 The local Ordinary is to be careful that those who are appointed as teachers of religion in schools, even non-Catholic ones, are outstanding in true doctrine, in the witness of their Christian life, and in their teaching ability.
Can. 805 In his own diocese, the local Ordinary has the right to appoint or to approve teachers of religion and, if religious or moral considerations require it, the right to remove them or to demand that they be removed.
Can. 806 §1 The diocesan Bishop has the right to watch over and inspect the catholic schools situated in his territory, even those established or directed by members of religious institutes. He has also the right to issue directives concerning the general regulation of catholic schools these directives apply also to schools conducted by members of a religious institute, although they retain their autonomy in the internal management of their schools.
§2 Those who are in charge of catholic schools are to ensure, under the supervision of the local Ordinary, that the formation given in them is, in its academic standards, at least as outstanding as that in other schools in the area.
CHAPTER II : CATHOLIC UNIVERSITIES AND OTHER INSTITUTES OF HIGHER STUDIES
Can. 807 The Church has the right to establish and to govern universi-ties, which serve to promote the deeper culture and fuller development of the human person, and to complement the Church’s own teaching office.
Can. 808 No university, even if it is in fact catholic, may bear the title ‘catholic university’ except by the consent of the competent ecclesiastical authority.
Can. 809 If it is possible and appropriate, Episcopal Conferences are to take care to have within their territories suitably located universities or at least faculties, in which the various disciplines, while retaining their own scientific autonomy, may be researched and taught in the light of catholic doctrine.
Can. 810 §1 In catholic universities it is the duty of the competent statutory authority to ensure that there be appointed teachers who are not only qualified in scientific and pedagogical expertise, but are also outstanding in their integrity of doctrine and uprightness of life. If these requirements are found to be lacking, it is also that authority’s duty to see to it that these teachers are removed from office, in accordance with the procedure determined in the statutes.
§2 The Episcopal Conference and the diocesan Bishops concerned have the duty and the right of seeing to it that, in these universities, the principles of catholic doctrine are faithfully observed.
Can. 811 §1 The competent ecclesiastical authority is to ensure that in catholic universities there is established a faculty or an institute or at least a chair of theology, in which lectures are given to lay students also.
§2 In every catholic university there are to be lectures which principally treat of those theological questions connected with the studies of each faculty.
Can. 812 Those who teach theological subjects in any institute of higher studies must have a mandate from the competent ecclesiastical authority.
Can. 813 The diocesan Bishop is to be zealous in his pastoral care of students, even by the creation of a special parish, or at least by appointing priests with a stable assignment to this care. In all universities, even in those which are not catholic, the diocesan Bishop is to provide catholic university centers, to be of assistance to the young people, especially in spiritual matters.
Can. 814 The provisions which are laid down for universities apply equally to other institutes of higher studies.
CHAPTER III : ECCLESIASTICAL UNIVERSITIES AND FACULTIES
Can. 815 By virtue of its office to announce revealed truth, it belongs to the Church to have its own ecclesiastical universities and faculties to study the sacred sciences and subjects related to them, and to teach these disciplines to students in a scientific manner.
Can. 816 §1 Ecclesiastical universities and faculties may be constituted only by the Apostolic See or with its approval. Their overall direction also belongs to the Apostolic See.
§2 Each ecclesiastical university and faculty must have its own statutes and program of studies, approved by the Apostolic See.
Can. 817 Only a university or a faculty established or approved by the Apostolic See may confer academic degrees which have canonical effects in the Church.
Can. 818 The provisions of canon 810,812 and 813 concerning catholic universities apply also to ecclesiastical universities and faculties.
Can. 819 In so far as the good of a diocese or religious institute or indeed even of the universal Church requires it, young persons, clerics and members of institutes, outstanding in character, intelligence and virtue, must be sent to ecclesiastical universities or faculties by their diocesan Bishops or the Superiors of their institutes.
Can. 820 Moderators and professors of ecclesiastical universities and faculties are to ensure that the various faculties of the university cooperate with each other, to the extent that their aims permit. They are also to ensure that between their own university or faculty and other universities and faculties, even nonecclesiastical ones, there be a mutual cooperation in which, through conferences, coordinated scientific research and other means, they work together for the greater increase of scientific knowledge.
Can. 821 Where it is possible, the Episcopal Conference and the diocesan Bishop are to provide for the establishment of institutes for higher religious studies, in which are taught theological and other subjects pertaining to Christian culture.
St. Augustine of Hippo and St. Monica
Pray for us
“Politics has become so primary in modern life
that the masses are moved more
by promises than fulfillment. “
– Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
“Tolerance is an attitude of reasoned
patience toward evil… a forbearance
that restrains us from showing anger
or inflicting punishment. Tolerance
applies only to persons… never to truth.”
―Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia
Pray for Vocations to Priesthood and Religious Life
Prayer Against Seductive Untruth
Lord Jesus, you foretold that your Church would suffer opposition and persecution, even as you did. You declared that, so far from being anxious or worried, we should actually rejoice when the world hates us and says all manner of evil against us, for your Name. Give us the courage we need to resist the onslaught of seductive untruth. Above all, give us the confidence to realize that the trials of this life are a prelude to the glory that waits us, provided we have remained unshaken in our allegiance to you and your spouse, the Holy Catholic Church, of which you are the Teacher and the Guide. Amen.
– Father John A. Hardon, S.J.
“Proponents of Govt. Common Core”
The principle of democracy is a recognition
of the sovereign, inalienable rights of man
as a gift from God, the Source of law.”
― Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
“I am the King’s good servant, but God’s first.”
– St. Thomas More
A Declaration of Dependence (On God) 1941
“Pragmatism is that particular philosophy
which denies that there is a any absolute
truth, absolute goodness, or absolute justice.
– Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Pray for Vocations to Priesthood