Author: Nina Rizzo

Turning a Blind Eye to Common Core Funding Source

Is the Catholic Church through its K-12 schools inadvertently endorsing a philanthropic foundation opposed to core, non-negotiable Catholic doctrine? The Cardinal Newman Society discovered that the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) was granted more than $100,000 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support implementation of the controversial Common Core standards in diocesan schools.  […]

Partisan Political Statements Masquerade as Common Core English Lessons

Common Core English lessons sneak partisan politics in elementary classrooms.  Grammar worksheets aligned with CC standards ask fifth-graders to edit sentences as “(The president) makes sure the laws of the country are fair,” “The wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation” and “the commands of government officials must be […]

Principals Say Common Core Harms Catholic Schools

Survey Says:  over 48% of principals of Top Catholic High Schools fear Common Core would harm their schools.  Too bad they weren’t asked before the rushed roll out in over 100 Dioceses.  72% of Honor Roll principals prefer that dioceses and Catholic schools either reject or at least delay consideration of the Common Core standards until […]

Letter to Catholic Bishops Opposing CC

The letter below was sent to all US bishops and signed by over 130 respected Catholic professors. It thoughtfully and respectfully lays out the case against Common Core as a fundamentally flawed philosophy and approach to education.  Email me for a list of professors who signed the letter.  Perhaps resend this letter to your Bishop.  Then he can […]

General Assembly Formally Studies CC

We have an opportunity to educate the Legislature about the dangers of Common Core.  The N.C. House and Senate leaders agreed that Common Core to be studied formally during breaks in the two-year legislative session. A General Assembly panel disclosed that are authorized to meet and make recommendations to the full legislature for next spring […]

Confession: CC Not Designed to Gain Admission to Selective Colleges

Listen to speaker is Jason Zimba, one of the three drafters of the Common Core math standards respond to questions about CC math standards and readiness for college. This exchange took place at a meeting of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on March 23, 2010.  Dr. Zimba admits not only that the […]

What Parents Say About Common Core

  Parents in in West Islip, NY were asked to share what they like least about Common Core.  Read a few of their responses.  Post your comments here or Facebook about Common Core in North Carolina. Christine Demeo: The fact that many children are being made to question their intelligence due to the fact they were learning math […]

Common Core Standards Are Like the Living Dead

Common Core is Obamacare for education. If you like your current teacher, you can keep your current teacher!  Bill Whittle, writer and TV editor, writes a satirical article on the problems with Common Core noting that just like Obamacare, Common Core lacks competition, innovation, choice, responsibility, corrective evolution, common sense, dignity, accountability, individuality and virtue. […]

Catholic Education, “It’s the Real Thing”

The early adoption of CC by over 100 dioceses is compared to disastrous roll-out of “New Coke” in 1985 by Daniel Guernsey, teacher, principal, consultant and professor of education.  Fears of sales being overtaken by research showing that consumers preferred the sweeter taste of Pepsi to Coke, Coke changed its classic formula to mimic Pepsi.  […]

Obedience to Common Core

Anne Hendershott writes in Crisis Magazine that Catholic school superintendents are overturning curricula in obedience to Common Core.  This is done in large part because the SAT, ACT and GED is expected to be aligned to CC, even though the specifics of how and when are unknown. Hendershott points out that the decision to align […]

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