Parents Unite to Fight Common Core

common core logoMore than 1,000 parents in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee have launched a campaign calling upon  diocesan officials to reverse their decision to implement the troubled Common Core curriculum in their schools.

Fox News is reporting that incensed parents are pulling their children out of the diocese’s 110 Catholic schools to protest implementation of the controversial curriculum which is backed by the government.

Calling themselves “Milwaukee Catholic Parents Against Common Core,” the coalition said in a statement that Common Core standards represent “untested, experimental standards that are threatening the independence of Catholic schools.” They also point out that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Common Core was developed for public schools and is “of its nature incomplete as it pertains to Catholic schools.”

Some parents told FoxNews that they send their children to private schools to avoid secular curriculum that are infused with politics and “dubiously researched lessons.”

“If I wanted my children to have a public school curriculum I would have sent them to a public school,” said Heather Schweitzer, of Kenosha, who recently pulled her daughters Mia, 9, and Chloe, 7, out of All Saints Catholic School and is now home-schooling them.  “A Catholic school’s priority is to prepare children for Heaven, not for college.”

Another parent, Steve Becker, whose two children attend St. Alphonsus Catholic school in Greendale, Wis., said Catholic school curriculums already have a track record of success and officials shouldn’t replace that with unproven educational trends.

“It’s too much of a risky endeavor,” Becker told FoxNews. “Personally, I don’t understand why a Catholic school would go with secular standards designed for public schools.”

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is the only one of the state’s five dioceses to adopt Common Core and Archbishop Jerome Listecki insists that the existing high standards in his schools will not change.

“Our approach in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is no different than the approach of other bishops in the State of Wisconsin, namely, that each of us has a strong commitment to Catholic identity, and that commitment shines through boldly in our Catholic schools,” the Archbishop told FoxNews in a statement. “Common Core standards are a reference, not a replacement for Catholic school standards. We are not ‘adopting’ Common Core, but rather utilizing those standards, along with our own Catholic school standards, as a way of measuring the success of our students.”

Many parents in his diocese remain concerned and more than 1,000 have already signed onto an online petition calling for the Archbishop to scrap his plans.

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