In 2013, 76 percent of the population supported Common Core. Today, 40 percent support Common Core, with the biggest change being the teachers who have to teach in the classroom. The other strong opposition is from the parents who care and pay attention to what the children are learning in the classroom.

I would think that the National Catholic Education Association would be getting the message, but they have accepted a large grant from the Gates Foundation to implement Common Core into Catholic schools and the Archdiocese of Dubuque is being taken for a ride because the National Catholic Educational Association supplies the guidelines for our Catholic schools. A statement from the NCEA states, “The Common Core State Standards (which is misleading because these are national standards developed in Washington D.C. by the Achieve Group and applied to all states) in no way compromise the Catholic identity or educational program of a Catholic School.” Is this statement true? 

Common Core does not teach religion, and therefore students are not graded on religious studies. The teachers can teach religion, but religion does not matter in Common Core testing. Why would teachers be concerned about religion, since they will be evaluated based on Common Core testing?

As I research this issue, I understand why Phyllis Schlafly sees a threat to Catholic education through Common Core. There is a reason why the only candidate in the Republican party that supports Common Core is Jeb Bush.