In 2009 governors from 48 states and their education directors got together to develop clearly defined standards for college and career-bound students grades K-12. Texas and Alaska chose to stay home.
Those standards have been adopted by 45 states and have been in operation for up to four years. But now opposition is building against Common Core, and among the vocal opponents are some members of the Catholic Church.
Some Catholics claim Common Core, which had been promised to provide rigorous standards internationally bench-marked that would be research and evidence based, threatens to secularize Catholic schools.
“Common core has been a controversial topic across the country,” Jeffrey Patterson, Executive Director of the Texas Catholic Conference, tells KTRH News. “In Texas each diocese has looked at the common core and seen what pieces of it they want to see incorporated into their curriculum. And at the same time the National Catholic Education Association has done a supplement to the Common Core curriculum that keeps our Catholic identity in the schools and maintains that level of quality assurance of a Catholic education that we have become known and loved for.”
Dr. Darlene Carnigan, a co-founder of a grass-roots organization opposed to Common Core’s acceptance in Catholic schools says she fears it will curtail parents’ influence over their children’s Catholic education.
Dr. Patterson says it his understanding that the Houston Galveston Archdiocese is looking at some pieces and implementation before they make a final decision on Common Core.