In October, 132 Catholic professors from universities that are both Catholic and secular wrote to the American bishops asking them to remove the Common Core from the nation’s Catholic schools. The letter begins,
We are Catholic scholars who have taught for years in America’s colleges and
universities. Most of us have done so for decades. A few of us have completed our time
in the classroom; we are professors “emeriti.” We have all tried throughout our careers to put our intellectual gifts at the service of Christ and His Church. Most of us are parents, too, who have seen to our children’s education, much of it in Catholic schools. We are all personally and professionally devoted to Catholic education in America.
For these reasons we take this extraordinary step of addressing each of America’s
Catholic bishops about the “Common Core” national reform of K-12 schooling. Over
one hundred dioceses and archdioceses have decided since 2010 to implement the
Common Core. We believe that, notwithstanding the good intentions of those who made
these decisions, Common Core was approved too hastily and with inadequate
consideration of how it would change the character and curriculum of our nation’s
Catholic schools. We believe that implementing Common Core would be a grave
disservice to Catholic education in America.
In fact, we are convinced that Common Core is so deeply flawed that it should not
be adopted by Catholic schools which have yet to approve it, and that those schools
which have already endorsed it should seek an orderly withdrawal now.
The entire letter is here:
Here is the New York Times article on the letter.
In case you were wondering – no, I did not sign and would not. I am considering a response. If you are interested, contact me. (And yes, I am Catholic, and therefore I am a Catholic scholar, too)