Catholic Parents Shocked By Milwaukee Archbishop’s Response to Common Core Petition

Milwaukee, Wisconsin ‐ On May 27, 2014, Catholic parents delivered a petition with over 1,000  signatures to Archbishop Listecki asking him to remove Common Core from Catholic schools in  the Milwaukee diocese.  On June 9, 2014, the group received a letter in response.

Today, the Catholic parents group responded to the Archbishop and renewed their petition to  end Common Core in the Milwaukee Archdiocese.

The parents group points out that the Archbishop’s statements that the Common Core Standards are neither “adopted” nor “adapted” and that they “do not have any impact on curriculum or content whatsoever,” are directly contradicted by statements on the Archdiocese  website relating to Common Core.

The group also responded to the Archbishop’s statement about parents’ involvement in their school curriculum, where he said: “to think that parents are more qualified than our academic experts to select said curriculum is ridiculous.”  The parents group points out that the academic experts in many other dioceses have decided not to implement Common Core and, further, that over 130 Catholic academic experts signed a letter urging all bishops to reject the Common  Core.

The parents group also cited an FAQ from the Secretariat of Catholic Education at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which encouraged a “rigorous discussion” of this topic and also noted: “Our schools have resisted the need to adopt educational trends while addressing the ever changing need of children in education.”