Abp. Listecki: "Our approach in the Arch. of Milwaukee is no different than the approach of other bishops in the State of Wisconsin"
Of the five parishes[I assume they mean dioceses... ] in the state of Wisconsin, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is the only one to adopt Common Core.* The unusual move has led to speculation from some. Listecki insists that standards at the schools he oversees will not be changed by participating in Common Core.
[Abp. Listecki:] 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… 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 away of measuring the success of our students.
The [arch]diocese addresses the controversy on its website, with a letter to parents, sample Common Core-aligned essays and questions and a list of what it calls Common Core "myths."
via Newman Society
Define "approach"..... well I guess he does there. Not sure that's really true, considering the fact the Archdiocese has repeatedly shut down "anti" Common Core talks from parish property.
*So we dug into this a bit a while back: Wisconsin Catholic Common Core roundup
To be fair, we know for sure Madison and Green Bay are not using Common Core standards. Superior I have not seen verified, and supposedly La Crosse was not adopting Common Core but the bishop has not confirmed this and ... well, I'm not sure anyone is convinced since parts have been implemented.
... And with all the talk of is Common Core kosher for Catholics or not completely deflects the issue that the standards represent a completely untested replacement of good educational methods. I don't think the issue with Common Core has absolutely anything to do with "Catholic identity" per se.
I would recommend reading through the articles on the ArchMil website (http://schools.archmil.org/schools/Common-Core-Documents.htm). They do address some of the concerns, the letter from Fr. Shimek is good, separatism, etc. (also important for homeschoolers to remember). Unfortunately they still miss the ball again, I would recommend they reiterate.... or iterate perhaps the teaching of Vatican II: Declaration on Christian Education
Since parents have given children their life, they are bound by the most serious obligation to educate their offspring and therefore must be recognized as the primary and principal educators. This role in education is so important that only with difficulty can it be supplied where it is lacking.
Yet don't forget this part....
The family which has the primary duty of imparting education needs help of the whole community. In addition, therefore, to the rights of parents and others to whom the parents entrust a share in the work of education, certain rights and duties belong indeed to civil society, whose role is to direct what is required for the common temporal good. Its function is to promote the education of youth in many ways, namely: to protect the duties and rights of parents and others who share in education and to give them aid; according to the principle of subsidiarity, when the endeavors of parents and other societies are lacking, to carry out the work of education in accordance with the wishes of the parents; and, moreover, as the common good demands, to build schools and institutions.Of course where there is a lack of any acceptable school, homeschooling is certainly an option.
The Council also reminds Catholic parents of the duty of entrusting their children to Catholic schools wherever and whenever it is possible and of supporting these schools to the best of their ability and of cooperating with them for the education of their children.We'd have to caveat that with "in good conscience," since the document already declared parents as the primary educators.