10 Minimal Adaptations Catholic Schools Should Make to Common Core

Dr. Dan Guernsey of the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS) outlines 10 of the conflicts that result from implementing the Common Core State Standards in Catholic schools in a paper entitled “10 Minimal Adaptations that Catholic Schools Should Consider Making to the Common Core Standards” published by the Newman Society.

They are:

  1. Renounce the English Language Arts (ELA) Percentages for Literary and Informational Texts (which are not research based).
  2. Reduce textbook use when possible.
  3. Respond to the texts, not the Standards.
  4. Do not take the Common Core’s rightful emphasis on text-based arguments too far.
  5. Avoid premature use of technology, peer-editing, research and rhetorical pedagogy in place of good old-fashioned writing instruction.
  6. Create your own explicit standards for your junior high and high school literature classes.
  7. Do not alter your math progression.
  8. Avoid the temptation to push “higher-ordered thinking skills” too quickly.
  9. Avoid teaching to the tests.
  10. Keep the greatest distance possible between your curriculum and the Common Core Standards.

Be sure to read his explanation of each change.