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 […]
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.
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.
They cant even build a website, but now they want to run the Internet…seriously?
How will President Obama’s multiple initiatives increase federal control over American technology and data mining –and how will these initiatives affect children?
There are several new initiatives to consider.
I. NET NEUTRALITY
Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed the Obama-approved definition of “Internet Neutrality.” Proponents made it sound as if “neutrality” meant openness and freedom for individuals, but the ruling increases federal power over the internet.
The notion that fairness and neutrality should be government-defined and government-enforced makes me roll my eyes. The term “net neutrality” sounds just like Harrison Bergeron, with the FCC playing the part of the Handicapper General to enforce equality by handicapping achievers and punishing success.
So now that the federal government has increased power to define and enforce its one definition of neutrality, how will this advance the goals of Obama’s ConnectED initiative? Will “neutrality” aim, like ConnectEd aims, to strap tax dollars…
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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
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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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!
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.
In news that was expected, the Vatican announced U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke would be appointed to the role of Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. He had been up until now the Prefect of the Apostolic Signature. While this may not seem like a big deal to the average Catholic or casual observer, if the vatican were a corporation, this would be considered a demotion! Not to diminish the importance of the Order of Malta, but his new role will be mostly ceremonial.
Anyway, there are plenty of news organizations covering this, and other news from the Vatican. Here’s an article from EWTN’s News and another from Catholic News Service. Its interesting to read and observe the way some organizations report on this, and how they characterize Cardinal Burke. You can draw you own conclusions from that! In the meantime…
Keep the faith!
Catholic Is Our Core
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!
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!
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!