With the Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) having recently reported the results of a study finding that 60 principals who represent some of the nation's top Catholic high schools expressing strong reservations about adopting the Common Core (CORE), who would have thought the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) would simultaneously be seeking funding to promote CORE?
According to documents obtained by CNS, in September 2013 the NCEA accepted $100k+ from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Foundation has been very active in promoting the CORE moment--a controversial set of standards, curriculum, and assessments imposed by individual states with funding from the federal government--as an antidote to what ails the nation's public schools.
The grant's purpose? To support teacher training and materials for implementing the Common Core school standards, ostensibly in Catholic schools.
For more than 100 years, the NCEA has presented itself as the organization that speaks on behalf of U.S. Catholic elementary and secondary education. In this instance, The Motley Monk wonders whether the NCEA may not be speaking on behalf of Catholic schools nationally, having embraced the secularist educational agenda those 60 principals fear may compromise their schools, including their Catholic identity and curriculum.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the CNS press release, click on the following link: