AMU professor Dr. Dan Guernsey (Education) contributed to a new study published earlier this week by the Pioneer Institute and the American Principles Project. The study, “After the Fall: Catholic Education Beyond the Common Core” finds the standards set by Common Core incompatible with the mission and values of Catholic institutions of education, and recommends that parochial schools do not adopt Common Core.
From the Pioneer Institutes’ News Release:
As most states rushed to adopt the standards at the beginning of the current decade, the National Catholic Education Association urged Catholic schools to get on board, and many adopted Common Core. But the tide began to turn, and in 2013 a group of 132 Catholic scholars sent a letter to American bishops asserting that adopting Common Core would be detrimental to Catholic education.
Catholic schools have traditionally provided a classical liberal-arts education, using lessons from great literature to reinforce moral lessons and educate and inspire students toward a virtuous life and a fuller understanding of the human experience.
But Common Core cuts literature, drama, and poetry by more than half compared to the previous Massachusetts standards. When great literature is included, it’s often only in excerpt form, robbing students of critical context.
The result, according to co-author Anthony Esolen, is “a strictly utilitarian view of mankind; man with his soul amputated.”
AMU’s Dan Guernsey contributed to the study, along with Anthony Esolen, Jane Robbins, and Kevin Ryan.
In an interview on this blog earlier in the week, Guernsey outlined some of his ideas on standards and Catholic education.