Fresh news on Catholic Schools & the Common Core Standards

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You know, just when you think everything is gone dark on Common Core, we get this to ignite the flame. Its an interesting read, but nothing new here for folks who are familiar with the talking points from the the proponents of Common Core, such as the Gates Foundation and our very own Washington DC based National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA.org). The NCEA continue to brush aside concerns from Catholic parents and teachers by forming another organization/initiative called “Catholic Identity Curriculum Integration” which according to their website is “a collaborative partnership formed to help teachers and school leaders develop curriculum that is truly Catholic and truly rigorous”. Truly “rigorous” indeed!

The link to the article is below, but you’ll have to wait to the very end of the article to learn why Catholics are really against the Common Core.

Simply put, our Catholic mission and that of Catholic Schools is NOT the same as public or other private school systems.

The question remains as to why our Bishops and Catholic School Superintendents do not see this for what it is.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/09/20/why-catholics-are-fighting-each-other-over-the-common-core-standards/

#ICYMI Superb lecture on 7 deadly sins & 7 lively virtues from Bishop Robert Barron #Catholic

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Next time your in the car driving to work, or in the gym working out,  instead of listening to the same music or news station, why not listen to this excellent lecture by Father (now Bishop) Robert Barron? Spiritual food!

Holy Week favorites!

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As we begin Holy Week, there are a few hymns that we love and therefore would like to share with our friends. The first one is the “Salve Regina” or “Hail Holy Queen” sung by the Choir of Saint Agnes in New York. This is normally recited as part of the Rosary and is a beautiful hymn. The link is here

The second one is “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” from the the Notre Dame Basilica and according to the original poster..”This was the recessional hymn for a Mass of Ordination,  the week after Easter (hence the seasonal hymn)”. Very powerful and tremendous example of all that is beautiful by the risen Lord! The Link is here

Enjoy!

CIOC

The Current School Reform Landscape: Christopher H. Tienken

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This is worthy of posting again and should be shared with catholic/private school Office of Education officials and public school district supers.

Here is a very useful eight minute primer on education reform. Christopher Tienken, Ed.D. is an assistant professor of Education Administration at Seton Hall University in the College of Education and Human Services, Department of Education Management, Policy, and Leadership.

If you don’t know much about the common core or the rationale behind why we are told we need it so badly, then you should take the eight minutes to view this.

Monday Musings: Lending CCSS Warrior Aid

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This is an important message in that some groups are more organized than others, some have more members and have valuable experience to share with less experienced groups. Over the past 6 months, our group CIOC in the Lehigh Valley PA has been in dialogue with the office of education from the Catholic diocese of Allentown who has adopted the PA Core (aka CCSS) in our Catholic schools.
We have a strategy and plan to which we are executing but needless to say, it’s a tedious and slow process. Having said that, we believe we have made some progress but our objective is not accomplished until we convince the diocese to pause and then roll back from the PA Core (aka CCSS). Our crusade is small in the context of the national battle against the CCSS’s but our stand and resistance is important for the future sustainability of our Catholic Schools and important in the broader sense of shared goals with other CC opponents. One parish, one diocese, one school district, one state at a time!

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In a war, togetherness is a great weapon. In a war, togetherness is a great weapon.

Greetings, Anti Common Core Warriors!
A new work week for us to wage war on the Core. Are you ready? Is  the warrior next to you ready? Let’s help each other out.

Warriors and Sharing:

Governments use the concept of sharing to defray projects. Co-op groups of all kinds use sharing as a way to pool resources. The CCSS Machine uses it to coerce our students, teachers, and the educational system..so we can certainly use sharing as a weapon. Question is, how is the best way to do that?

“Can’t Never Could, Because Can’t Didn’t Try”:

The phrase above is one I made up years ago when my children were very small. Every time an insurmountable task was presented (or what they thought was insurmountable), this is what they heard.

If the word ‘can’t’ was uttered, you bet your backside, this is…

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UPDATE on #StopHR5 Student Success Act

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Just hearing that the Student Success Act has died in the House of Representatives…I’m still looking for some solid confirmation on that, but if true, its great news and a testament to the people who fought this Bill.

There was tremendous support for this Bill from the DC lobbyists, even from our our Catholic Bishops with the USCCB making a statement in support of the Bill. The link to the letter from the USCCB is here. I’m shaking my head here.

More later..

CIOC Editor

ACTION REQUIRED- #StopHR5 “Student Success Act (H.R.5)” to Crush Religious Freedom, Private School Autonomy, Parental Rights

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Hello all,

Update on H.R.5 and the “Student Success Act” currently working its way through the US House of Representatives.
This Bill will come to a vote in the House on Friday February 27th.
Last night there was a HashTag rally on Twitter to drum up opposition to this Bill. Tremendous credit must be given to the folks at PatriotJournalist.com (#PJNET) for organizing this!  The HashTag was #StopHR5 and HR5 was mentioned in over 17,000 tweets! That is incredible and raised the awareness necessary to defeat this in a house vote.
Despite many GOP House members and lobbyists trumpeting this as  a “roll back” of the US Dept of Ed’s interference in local education, its nothing of the sort. In fact, its a Trojan Horse! and its deeply disappointing to learn this Bill is being sponsored by so many, so called conservatives! I question how many of the House members even know what is in the Bill and what it means for K-12 education? I’d guess not many…but they should know the folks are watching and paying attention this time.
Your action is required now! You can call, email, Tweet and Facebook your congressman/woman.
Please call your Congressman/woman and urge them to reject the “Student Success Act (H.R.5)” for this Bill aims to Crush Religious Freedom, Private School Autonomy and Parental Rights. More information on this Bill and its chilling effect on our Catholic schools is here.
For those in the Lehigh Valley, PA area, we are represented by Congressman Charlie Dent.
You can call Charlie Dents DC office @ 202-225-6411 or 
or Tweet him at @RepCharlieDent
 
If you choose to “Tweet” please include hashtag #StopHR5. 
 
Please watch for Tweets from @CatholicIsOurCo and “Retweet” please!!
Please Tweet or make the call today and forward this email to other parents, grandparents, educators, parishioners and clergy
If you don’t know who represents you in the House, just click on this link to find out!
This bill is sponsored by Rep. John Kline (R- MN) and co-sponsored by the following Republicans!
Rep. Rokita, Todd [R-IN-4]
Rep. Foxx, Virginia [R-NC-5]
Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1]
Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6]
Rep. Byrne, Bradley [R-AL-1]
Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32]
Rep. Hunter, Duncan D. [R-CA-50]
Rep. Heck, Joseph J. [R-NV-3]
Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2]
Rep. Allen, Rick W. [R-GA-12]
Rep. Curbelo, Carlos [R-FL-26]
Thank you and God Bless
CIOC Admin

“Student Success Act” to Crush Religious Freedom, Private School Autonomy, Parental Rights: #NO on HR5

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URGENT!!!
Please call your Congressman/woman and urge them to reject this bill!
For those in the Lehigh Valley, PA area, we are represented by Congressman Charlie Dent.

You can call Charlie Dents DC office @ 202-225-6411 or email him @ https://dent.house.gov/?p=ContactForm

If you don’t know who represents you in the House, just click on this link to find out!

This bill is sponsored by Rep. John Kline (R- MN) and co-sponsored by the following Republicans!
Rokita, Todd [R-IN-4]
Rep. Foxx, Virginia [R-NC-5]
Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1]
Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6]
Rep. Byrne, Bradley [R-AL-1]
Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32]
Rep. Hunter, Duncan D. [R-CA-50]
Rep. Heck, Joseph J. [R-NV-3]
Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2]
Rep. Allen, Rick W. [R-GA-12]
Rep. Curbelo, Carlos [R-FL-26]

Thank you and God Bless
CIOC Editor.

COMMON CORE

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This one is such a betrayal.

I’ve never been so shocked and angry over a proposed Congressional bill that I burst into tears.  Not until tonight.

I’d been quietly reading and taking notes on H.R. 5, “Student Success Act” (SSA) when my husband simply, offhandedly asked me how I was doing.   Though I’d been quiet, I was boiling over as I read tucked-away portions of this 600+ page bill which,  despite the local-control-touting, anti-Common Core-sounding words (on page 10 and elsewhere), is terrible. When my husband asked how I was doing, I stood up, walked to the couch and explained through my hot, angry tears what destruction and reduction of vital freedoms will take place if this bill passes:

It ends private schools’ religious freedomfrom government control.  It harms funding freedom in private schools.  It puts into question parental rights and control over education.  It pushes…

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Why Should Dioceses Impose State Requirements on Catholic Schools?

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This is an excellent article on the importance of why our catholic schools should remain independent of state requirements and state regulations. Please share this most excellent article with as many parents, teachers and pastors as possible. Thanks!

When I Discovered Your Words

We work with a number of diocesan schools that suffer from a diocesan-mandated imposition of state requirements.  This post from the weekly newsletter of Jason Adams, Headmaster of Lumen Christi Catholic School in Indianapolis, gives many excellent reasons why Catholic schools should be free from such requirements, so that their life of faith can fully permeate their communities and their work. Jason has contributed to the Institute’s newsletter, and has attended our Academic Retreat and our Catholic Classical Schools Conference.

I had the privilege of testifying at a senate committee hearing on state standardized testing policy yesterday. I had the opportunity to touch base with one of our advisory council members Heather Crossin (Co-founder of Hoosiers Against Common Core) and a host of parents and grandparents from around the state who support independent education. I was able to tell Lumen Christi’s story, why we value our independence, and why all schools…

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Update on the Petition to Bishop Barres to remove Common Core from our Diocesan schools

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Hi Everyone

Its been a while since I’ve posted here, but please don’t mistake the lack of posting with inaction. Our petition to Bishop Barres has well over 500 electronic signatures! Great news indeed! But we believe there are thousands of parents, parishioners, grandparents and educators in our diocese and beyond, who are simply unaware that the Common Core (aka PA Core) has been introduced into our Diocesan schools. Therefore the petition remains open and we encourage more parents, parishioners, grandparents and educators to sign. The link to our petition is here!

https://www.change.org/p/please-sign-petition-to-remove-common-core-from-allentown-diocesan-schools

We encourage you to sign and then use the buttons to share on Facebook and Twitter!

In the meantime, we are continuing the dialogue with the Office of Education and remain hopeful for a positive conclusion to our discussions.

God Bless.

CIOC Editor

Petition launched to remove Common Core from Allentown Diocesan schools!

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Hello everyone,

Over the past few weeks, we have had an overwhelming response from parents, grandparents, educators and parishioners asking what can they do to help? Many have asked “do you have a petition going? or one we could sign?”

Well the answer this evening is, we do!

We invite you to view our online petition, to the Most Rev. John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown, and then sign it!

Here is the link to the petition

http://www.change.org/p/please-sign-petition-to-remove-common-core-from-allentown-diocesan-schools?recruiter=178216704&utm_campaign=twitter_link&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition

Or you can follow the link posted here.

Then after you sign, share with as many people as you can…through email, social media etc. You can do this via the share buttons below or just forwarding the link to the petition via email, Facebook, twitter etc.

Thanks, God Bless and Keep the faith!

Updated- Please attend, Catholic Is Our Core- Next Public Meeting November 13th

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We will make an important announcement by 7 PM EST on Thursday.

Please watch this space for news!

Details on our next public meeting are posted below

When: Thursday November 13th @ 7 PM 

Where: 6612 Snowdrift Road, Allentown, PA 18106 (ATAS Int Inc Bldg.) (Click here for direction)

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

All are welcome!

Tuesday November 4th is Election Day! Get out and VOTE!

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Tuesday November 4th is Election Day and Pennsylvanians will go to the polls to re-elect the incumbent Tom Corbett(R) or replace him with the challenger Tom Wolf (D). This election is profoundly important for any number of reasons but the one most important to our group is education standards and policy.

While our campaign is focused on the Catholic Schools, the adoption of the Common Core State Standards into PA Standards and subsequently into PA public schools, has significant influence and impact on the Catholic school system in the Commonwealth. The CCSS were embraced by then Gov. Ed Rendell(D) back in 2010 and subsequently developed into what is now known as the PA Core Standards. There is essentially no difference. Just recently Corbett announced a “review” as part of his continuing effort to “roll back” Common Core. The link to the story is here. One wonders why he has taken this position now, particularily when he’s been in office four years and could and should have done something sooner!…nevertheless, we welcome any effort by any candidate to rid our schools of CC. While its well publicized what Tom Corbett’s position is on CC, its unclear what Tom Wolf’s position is or what plans he has for Common Core Standards. The link to his campaign site is here so take what you can from that!

Whatever your party or politics, please go out and excercise your right to vote; support candidates who share our values and objectives and encourage others to do the same.

Thanks, God Bless and keep the faith!

Catholic Is Our Core

Catholic Is Our Core

October 30th Meeting recap, links and resources!

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A big THANK YOU to all who turned out last Thursday evening for our public meeting. Our movement is growing and gaining momentum. It is encouraging to see new parents from other diocesen schools such as Saint Thomas More, Saint John Vianney, Central Catholic, Our Lady Of Perpetual Help, and more join our movement.

There is a lot to do over the coming weeks, but there is no time like the present. Many people ask what they can or should they do? As we discussed in the meeting, one of the first things you should do as a parent is get educated about the Common Core. There are many resources online. You can start by going to the Common Core website and learning about the curriculum. For us Catholics the Cardinal Newman Society (link is here) has created a special section on its website called Catholic is Our Core. Here you can learn a great deal about the origins of the Common Core, its goals and why its not compatible with our Catholic Schools. Perhaps the most valuable of all the material is the “10 Facts Every Catholic Should Know About the Common Core” This is an excellent resource and something you should familiarize yourself with and use for your talking points. The proponents of Common Core have theirs, well now we have ours!

Second on the to-do list is to call in to see your principle and discuss to what extent the Common Core (or PA Core standards, same thing) have been implemented or adopted into your schools curriculum. Ask for a copy of the schools curriculum guide. Your principle should have no problem giving you a copy of this for according to the USCCB FAQ on the Common Core “Parents are the first educators of their children as a God-given responsibility”.

It is also helpful to familiarize yourself with the Common Core FAQ produced by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The link to the FAQ document is here. Its important to point out that this FAQ was published in April 2014 when many diocese had already REJECTED or adopted the Common Core in some form or other.  Its also important to say that while the USCCB did not take a position on it and left the decision to the individual diocese, they do state that Catholic Schools are NOT required to adopt the Common Core and that “The CCSS was developed for a public school audience.But the CCSS is of its nature incomplete as it pertains to the Catholic school.Our schools have resisted the need to adopt educational trends while addressing the ever changing needs of children in education.”

We should also familiarize ourselves with the faithful in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. We here in the Allentown Diocese can take encouragement and lessons from our friends in the Diocese of Pittsburgh for their Office of Education had already started down the road to implement Common Core when their Bishop took a courageous stand and rejected it. On March 18, 2014, Bishop Zubik released a statement that made it clear that the Diocese of Pittsburgh will NOT be adopting Common Core.  The link to Bishop Zubik’s statement is here and an article about it by the Cardinal Newman Society is here.

We pray that our Bishop, Most Rev John O. Barres is enlightened, has courage, and takes the courageous decision to reject the Common Core in our diocese!

Our Bishop needs our support and prayers. Which brings me to the final part of this evenings blog…he also needs to hear from parishioners, educators and most of all, parents of children in his Catholic Schools.

Therefore, please take the time to write to our Bishop, share with him your concerns, that this was not developed for Catholic Schools and that our Catholic Schools already have a superior product therefore we don’t need Common Core! You can do this by email, but there’s nothing quite like a printed, old fashioned letter. And this way, your’re sure it will be delivered!

–Write to

Most Rev. John O. Barres,

Bishop of Allentown,

4029 W. Tilghman St. , P.O. Box F

Allentown, PA 18105-1538

Our next public meeting will be Thursday November 13th. For those of you who attended for the first time on October 30th, your mission is to recruit and bring along at least two additional parents to our next meeting! Details on that meeting will be posted on our website in the next few days!

Thanks, God Bless and keep the faith!

Catholic Is Our Core

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Catholic Is Our Core- Next meeting event!

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Details on our next public event are posted below. Please share with as many people as possible. And remember, all are welcome!

FOLLOW UP MEETING

OCTOBER 30, 2014 AT 7PM

Location: 6612 Snowdrift Road, Allentown (ATAS Int’l Inc.)

Hosted by

Catholic Is Our Core

Catholic Is Our Core

 All Are Welcome

For more information on our group and its mission, please check out our website:

https://catholicisourcore.wordpress.com

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Large turnout at St. Joseph the Worker in Orefield, P.A. to hear Dr. Peg Luksik presentation on Common Core

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We at Catholic Is Our Core wish to thank the parents, grandparents, educators and concerned citizens who came out last night to hear Dr. Luksiks presentation at Saint Joseph the Worker parish center. We put the turnout at 187 and we are only getting started! What a wonderful response, so again, thank you!

For many, the truth about the Common Core was a real eye opener..

More to come on the night and information about our next event in the coming days so stay tuned.

The Current School Reform Landscape: Christopher H. Tienken

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Here is a very useful eight minute primer on education reform. Christopher Tienken, Ed.D. is an assistant professor of Education Administration at Seton Hall University in the College of Education and Human Services, Department of Education Management, Policy, and Leadership.

If you don’t know much about the common core or the rationale behind why we are told we need it so badly, then you should take the eight minutes to view this.

The slow decline of the Ordinary Magisterium — In the Light of the Law

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The Magisterium of the Catholic Church, the teaching authority left by Jesus Christ to his Church and principally exercised by popes and the college of bishops, proceeds in two ways: ordinarily, the Magisterium proceeds ‘ordinarily’; extraordinarily, the Magisterium proceeds ‘extraordinarily’. Bear with me. Ex cathedra pontifical pronouncements and solemn decrees of ecumenical councils—the two great […]

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Catholic Education: Antidote to ‘Ideological Colonization’ in America

Here is a superb article on Catholic education, public and private and how it’s our responsibility as parents, teachers and religious to properly catechize and evangelize our children.

It sure challenges all Catholic parents to ensure a Catholic education for their children in a Catholic school in addition to urging parish priests to help parents realize why their children need a Catholic education, and why it matters more to a child’s future than the public school. See more by clicking on the link below.

God Bless

CIOC

http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/4432/Catholic-Education-Antidote-to-‘Ideological-Colonization’-in-America.aspx

About the authors:

Theresa Farnan, PhD, is an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Mary Rice Hasson, JD, is a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where she directs the Catholic Women’s Forum.

What is the future for the Catholic Church in Ireland?

A fine dose of the #truth here. Please share particularly with your #priests 🙏
CIOC

Listening in the Desert

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As the Irish NO vote dries its tears, and finishes sweeping up the fake confetti and used party poppers from the YES vote celebration parties, a new question is beginning to emerge.

What is the future for the Catholic Church in Ireland?

It is clear that the YES voters either do not agree with the Catholic Churches definition of marriage – or they simply do not know or understand it. I would say it was a mixture of both, but the failure of the Church over the last 2 generations in (and not just confined to) Ireland is indisputable now.

The cringe-worthy spinelessness of some of the Bishops and priests makes me feel like throwing myself to the lions: “EAT ME NOW! BEFORE IT GETS ANY MORE EMBARRASSING!”

Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin told the Irish Times that the referendum amounts to a social revolution and the Catholic Church needs to…

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The Irish referendum: personal implications for Catholics’ public actions

The vast majority of primary and secondary schools are run by the Catholic Church but funded by the Government therefore it will be interesting to see how this plays out in those schools.

In the Light of the Law

That 40% of Irish voters bucked some of their own priests and bishops and nearly all of their politicians and major media to side with a true-marriage campaign that mustered hardly one euro for every ten spent by its opponents says something about the resiliency of natural law and Church teaching on marriage. But, silver linings aside, the outcome of the constitutional referendum on marriage in Ireland is a disaster.

“Same-sex marriage” has usually been imposed by activist judges; in Ireland it won by popular vote. “Same-sex marriage” is often insinuated into the legal landscape by blurring distinctions between it and “same-sex unions”; in Ireland marriage itself was expressly on the line. “Same-sex marriage” in most places set in only after decades of relentless secular media promotion; in Ireland it seems to have come about almost overnight.

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Praying our Novena for Ireland on EWTN

COMMON CORE STARTED AS A GREAT IDEA…

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Okay, I’m just gonna say it: THE IDEA BEHIND COMMON CORE WAS GOOD. The higher standards and nationally leveled curriculum was a good, honest idea. Teaching kids to think critically is a good idea. BUT…what Common Core REALLY became is HORRENDOUS. Here’s what I hate MOST (trust me, there’s more) about THE REALITY OF CCSS:

1.  Obama and Gates and the Publishing companies made it 99% about PROFITS. Money for politicians, money for Gates, money for publishers of workbooks and test materials. Money for ADVERTISERS that paid for their BRAND NAMES to be included in the aligned materials and tests.

2. The people that actually wrote the standards were NOT educators, they were MARKETERS and RESEARCHERS with NO experience with CHILDREN’S LEARNING. All the REAL experts in education and child psychology are VEHEMENTLY and outspokenly against it.

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Catholic Common Core – Informational Text or Propaganda

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Are “informational texts” a gateway to promulgating propaganda in new CC books?

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A fellow CC warrior shared some pages from her son’s new Common Core aligned English Language Arts book being used in a Catholic school. His assignment including using “informational texts” and “close reading” techniques to evaluate a writer’s effectiveness in making valid arguments:


Ready Common Core – Close reading – Part 1

Ready Common Core – Close reading – Part 2

The reading samples present “information” about global warming/climate change (the kind that is the fault of human beings and “toxic” CO2, not the kind that occurs naturally in God’s wondrous creation as the result of sun cycles), the glories of alternative energy juxtaposed against the evils of fossil fuels as well as commentary from the CO2 exhaling, “carbon footprint” depositing, fabricator of inconvenient lies, bloviating billionaire guru of the “green” movement, Al Gore. And, of course, the obligatory reference to…

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