What Is Really Behind the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative?

Truth in American Education – NCEA Promoting Controversial Common Core Standards Across the CountryVerse-assault on faith

Pittsburgh, PA – The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), the largest private professional education organization in the world (according to their website), had its first national conference on June 30, 2013 in Nashville, TN in support of the very controversial Common Core State Standards.  The NCEA is actively promoting and marketing these Nationalized one-size fits all standards by providing teaching materials to Catholic Educators all over the country. They have formed a partnership with the Catholic School Standards Project, and have helped create a Catholic version of Common Core, called the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII). (Read article here)

The Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative.  A curious if not oppositional idea. How does a Catholic education organization seek an identity through a set of secular achievement standards?

     identity, n., The fact of being who or what a person or thing is: synonym oneness

ideology, n., A system of ideas and ideals, esp. one that forms the basis of economic or political policy: synonyms – beliefs, worldview, articles of faith

Is it possible to share an identity with a set of achievement standards? Clearly not.

Is it possible to share an identity with an ideology? Certainly.

Is it not reasonable to conclude the NCEA clearly understands that Common Core is much more than standards, and that a child’s faith can be re-identified through ideological instruction? Most definitely.

Common Core is an agenda, just the latest means to an ideological end. Case in point, the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative’s Exemplar – Grade 1 – World Communities Fiction Texts Unit Readings and Vocabulary includes the following selections:

The Family Book by Todd Parr The Family Book celebrates the love we feel for our families and all the different varieties they come in. Whether you have two moms or two dads, a big family or a small family, a clean family or a messy one, Todd Parr assures readers that no matter what kind of family you have, every family is special in its own unique way. Parr’s message about the importance of embracing our differences is delivered in a playful way. With his trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes, this book will encourage children to ask questions about their own families. Perfect for young children just beginning to read, The Family Book is designed to encourage early literacy, enhance emotional development, celebrate multiculturalism, promote character growth, and strengthen family relationships.

Who’s In A Family? by Robert Skutch – Family is important, but who’s in a family? Why, the people who love you the most! This equal opportunity, open-minded picture book has no preconceptions about what makes a family a family. There’s even equal time given to some of children’s favorite animal families. With warm and inviting jewel-tone illustrations, this is a great book for that long talk with a little person on your lap.

All Kinds of Families by Norma Simon Embracing the full spectrum of families, nuclear, traditional, adoptive, racial, and divorced households are represented in a lucid, contemporary style.

Odd that the Bible is not listed as a “reading unit” to support the teaching on marriage and family. Catholic doctrine teaches that marriage is defined as a man and woman and not subject to cultural definition. It is celebrated as the holiest of unions and a sacrament. It is incorrigible that the National Catholic Education Association would promote the incorporation of books that teach six-year olds that the sacrament of marriage and family should have “no preconceptions”, implying that such thought would be discriminatory. It is an abomination to the faith and scripture. All Catholic school tuition paying parents should be revolting. It’s long overdue.


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  1. rhinobuster says:

    Convenience Catholics have taken over the church! They voted for Obama in big numbers and they are only concerned about their own parochial issues.

    • Roger Monk says:

      From Governor Kasich re Common Core

      Dear Roger:

      Thank you for your letter regarding Common Core Standards. I appreciate the opportunity to address your concerns.

      Several years ago, the National Governor’s Association began considering ways to increase education standards and align student assessment tests among states. In an effort to better prepare students for college, states came together and began working on new academic content standards that would raise the bar and instill the knowledge desired by many employers and higher education institutions. These standards were largely derived from existing state standards and, in 2007, the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers began circulating a draft of proposed recommendations.

      The Common Core Standards were released nationally for public comment in March 2010. Feedback was gathered online until April 2010. The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) hosted five regional meetings across the state during this time. More than 550 educators participated in these meetings.

      Additionally, the State Board of Education held a series of 13 public meetings statewide to further explain this issue. The presentation – Start Ready, Graduate Ready – was recorded and posted on the ODE website, which may be viewed here: http://education.ohio.gov/State-Board/Ne…. The State Board of Education approved these standards in June 2010.

      While the Common Core Standards were implemented before I took office, I support creating a rigorous learning environment where our students can gain the skills they need to be successful and get a job. Additionally, it is important to note that the curriculum for schools is ultimately decided by the local school district, not the state or federal government. Also, no state is required to adopt the Common Core Standards.

      With regard to data collection, the state does not currently and has no plans for sharing personally identifiable student data with the federal government. None of the student level data listed – family income, religious affiliation, parents’ education level and biometric data (fingerprints, DNA, etc.) – are even on the table for consideration of sharing with the federal government. In fact, Ohio is one of two states that does not permit the State Department of Education to collect students’ or parents’ personal information such as names or addresses.

      I encourage you to visit the Ohio Department of Education’s website (www.ode.state.oh.us) to review all of the academic content standards yourself, which are much more rigorous than our current 10-year-old Academic Content Standards.

      If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact my office or the Ohio Department of Education at (614) 995-1545. Thank you

      • Ohioans Against Common Core says:

        He forgot to add that the RttT applications provided an out for “political power shifts,” but he did nothing. He is as impotent and mousy as his predecessor.

  2. Lisa Ann Homic says:

    We are to be teaching about the “Domestic Church” not this psycho babble from books not even related to the Catechism. Shame on the CCCII !!!!!!

  3. Kristy Knable Ziegler says:

    Common Core goes against the very principal of subsidiarity, and it is NOT friend;y to Catholic teaching. The NCEA needs to re-read their Bible and their Catechism.

  4. StephenWV says:

    Common Corre Standards is not the problem. Common Core Curriculum is the problem. England outlawed political propaganda in public schools. In the US, Common Core Curriculum institutionalizes political propaganda.