(The Washington Post) About 130 Catholic scholars around the country have signed a hard-hitting letter to U.S. Catholic bishops denouncing the Common Core State Standards as doing â€œa grave disservice to Catholic educationâ€ and urging the bishops to ignore the standards or, in the more than 100 dioceses that have already adopted them, to give them up.
The letter was sent by Gerard V. Bradley, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, to every Catholic bishop in the country, with 132 scholars from various disciplines and institutions signing on.
It blasts the standards, saying they are â€œcontrary to tradition and academic studies on reading and human formation,â€ and accuses Core proponents of seeking to â€œtransform â€˜literacyâ€™ into a â€™criticalâ€™ skill set, at the expense of sustained and heartfelt encounters with great works of literature.â€ (That last part is a reference to what Core opponents say is a cut in the amount of literature teachers are to make in favor of more works of non-fiction.)
The letter, which calls the Core â€a recipe for standardized workforce preparation,â€ cites criticism of the standards by academics including James Milgram, professor emeritus of mathematics at Stanford University, and Sandra Stotsky, professor emerita of education at the University of Arkansas. They have both testified before various state legislatures against the Core, saying the standards arenâ€™t strong enough to prepare students for college. Supporters of the Core argue otherwise. [More]