ABC news announced on April 15, 2014, that Catholic schools are undergoing a transformation. They are being restructured with Common Core standards. As I was reading this article, I have to admit that I was slightly disturbed. The same standards that public schools are mandated are not the same for Catholic schools. Also, after all the changes that have been made to public schools in the recent past, it upsets me a little that they are just now deciding to integrate some modern day teachings.
Bob Laird of the Cardinal Newman Society told ABC, “If Common Core standards are used across the board, then why send students to Catholic school? Just send them to the public school, and have them take some Catholic–CCD–education.” Really Bob? I am truly appalled! In public schools only 78.2 percent of students graduate, and in Catholic schools, 99.4 percent graduate. See a problem there? How are the kids going to make it in their next phase of life, if they don’t know anything important? College and the real world is already tough, they need all the help they can get nowadays in order to be successful in life.
In 2009 and 2010, Dr. Sandra Stotsky contributed to the Common Core’s validation committee, and was in charge of the finished product. However, she is not happy with the final product and says that parents complain to her about social issues brought up in the pages of some other the recommended reading material. “The reading selections are offensive to them as devoted Catholics,” Stotsky said. “They do not think these selections enhance Catholic identity.” So are they saying that all the Catholics, Christians, Baptists, Methodists, etc are not living “right” because they attend a public school? God is the only one that can hold judgment, sorry. Plus, in our current economy, middle class citizens more than likely can’t afford Catholic school. Parents pay an average of $3,880 for elementary and $9,922 for secondary education.
I am by no means an atheistic. I am a Christian and have my own set of beliefs, so I am all for kids learning about God in the classroom. I was extremely upset when public schools took God out of the pledge of allegiance. However, there have been so many changes made in public schools. I remember when I was in Kindergarten, and you got stars for coloring inside the lines and writing your name. Now, children actually get graded on reading, math, writing, etc. I just feel like that by just now intergrading modern day teaching into Catholic schools, and only a small portion, that these children are going to be set up for failure.