The Cardinal Newman Society reports that the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative amended their first-grade unit plan to remove three books that celebrate families headed by same-sex or divorced couples.
The Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII) removed The Family Book by Todd Parr and Who’s in a Family? by Robert Skutch from a recommended first-grade unit plan in English Language Arts after parental protest, according to journalist Mary Jo Anderson writing for Crisis Magazine.
And the Cardinal Newman Society has identified a third book that has been removed from the unit plan, All Kinds of Families by Norma Simon.
Although the CCCII’s original unit plan identified a revision date of July 2012, CCCII quietly removed the three books without acknowledging a new revision date in the current version or announcing the changes to the plan.
A review of The Family Book from the School Library Journal, cited at Amazon.com, describes the many different types of families celebrated in the book: “Some families include stepmoms, stepdads, stepsisters, or stepbrothers; some adopt children. Other families have two moms or two dads, while some children have only one parent.”
They go on to point out that while advocates of the Common Core say they strive to maintain Catholic identity the book selection doesn’t necessarily reflect that:
CCCII and the NCEA have vigorously defended the Common Core State Standards as friendly to Catholic identity in Catholic schools, despite widespread concern from Catholic family groups, educators and some bishops. The CCCII website declares, “Catholic educators will never forget that our schools exist to bring our students to Christ. By adapting standards from the CCSS that are challenging, they are working to fulfill the promise of quality Catholic education that educates the whole child, mind and soul.”
However, a report last month from The Cardinal Newman Society revealed that the NCEA has accepted more than $100,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to promote Common Core. The Gates Foundation, which heavily funds contraception around the world, also funded the development and promotion of the Common Core Standards and has been supporting Common Core-compliant curriculum development.
Of the 31 books remaining on the first-grade unit plan for Catholic schools, CCCII lists only three books that appear to be explicitly Christian according to their titles: Child’s Guide to Baptism by Sue Stanton, My Baptism Book by Sophie Piper, and Stinkbug Saves the Day: The Parable of the Good Samaritan by Bill Myers.