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Recently, someone brought to my attention some comments made by David Coleman, known as the architect of Common Core. After we spoke about his statements, I researched the situation to see what I could find. Here is a quote from one of the articles.

“Even though Mr. Coleman is not convinced that the Common Core standards are harmful to Catholic schools, he insists that Catholic educators should have the “moxie” to retain, defend and even celebrate our schools’ Catholic identity and traditional emphasis on the liberal arts — and if there is pressure to change, we should keep educating precisely as we have done.”

The article goes on to say,

“From early on, those of us urging a more cautious approach to the Common Core (including the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) have emphasized that Catholic schools have a different mission than public schools, and that the Common Core in and of itself is insufficient to guide our more expansive efforts. Some of us have also emphasized that Catholic schools have a long history of success on standardized tests and very high college placement rates already. 

Our schools are already at the place where Common Core hopes public schools will be regarding scores and college admission.”

I found this article to be very interesting. I noted a few personal takeaways from the article.

1. It proves that even David Coleman understands that Common Core is not the answer for all students in all schools. He went as far as to encourage the Catholic schools to not change and continue educating the way that they already are.

2. It should raise a very important question for schools nationally, both public and private. Why change if what you were doing resulted in success for your students?

3. The article discusses the importance of not losing a school’s mission, history or character simply to be a part of the ‘national standards’. This may be in reference to Catholic schools’, but I believe the same can be said for all schools (public and private). Why are people so set on being common or the same as everyone else?

4. It shows that schools don’t have to implement Common Core to be successful. CCSS is NOT the creme de la creme of educational standards or curriculum.  

In the end, I am happy to know that David Coleman recognizes CCSS is not for everyone.

Read the full article by clicking on the link below.

See more at: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/4556/Reflections-on-Interview-with-David-Coleman-College-Board-President-and-Common-Core-Architect.aspx#.dpuf

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