Why Would Catholic Schools Adopt Common Core?
Many Catholic parents and grandparents are mystified that their children’s/grandchildren’s parochial education is increasingly identical to public education school Common Core Standards and curriculum. This 2013 article provides research on why this is occurring: How Alinskyianism entered Catholic parishes (and intersects with “Common Core” standards):
Recently, while preparing an article on Common Core national standards, someone suggested that I might be interested in the “open letters” written by a group called Catholics for Truth in Education operating in Illinois from 1974 into the 90s. Interestingly enough, a set of these “open letters” just happened to have been sitting on my bookshelf for over a decade, waiting to be examined.
The article chronicles how the intent to change the focus of the Church and education began long before 2009 when the Common Core State Standards Initiative was unveiled and governors, state commissioners and state board members signed onto them even before they were written. As you read how the emphasis of the Church was changing in the 1970’s, think about how this same shift was occurring in the public schools via the progressive curriculum from the schools of education:
Then, there was Msgr. John (Jack) Egan – who not only served on Saul Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation board but co-chaired the 1976 Call to Action conference’s plenary sessions –and who also served on the Board of Advisers for the Parish Corporate Renewal Network. Incarnate in Father Egan, the elements of organized Church dissent, organized secular political activism, and a reorganized parish were intrinsically related to one another. Easy enough to see in hindsight.
Almost prescient for a time that predated a global Internet and cell phones, Catholics for Truth in Education worried about computerized data collection schemes that supported MBO aims. What must have seemed paranoid to most readers then has an air of prophesy to a generation that lives with the reality of government monitoring of citizens. The people who recoiled from Huxley’s Brave New World couldn’t have fathomed the level of invasiveness that would become possible and tolerated.
The “letters” written throughout the 1980s[ix] drown the reader with descriptions of specific programs, practitioners, and tactics. So many Catholics were dancing behind the Pied Piper of “change” with little curiosity about where he was leading. Catholics for Truth in Education examined dozens of re-education programs in the Chicago Archdiocese – among them the once ubiquitous RENEW[x] – and explained the relationship of each to Call to Action dissent and a socialistic world view.
Historical facts are hard to dispute – and they have led to the results that are very much what Catholics for Truth in Education feared: too many Catholics who reject Church teaching. After her death, the son of Catholics for Truth in Education’s founding president, Mary Catherine Davis, wrote, “The more that time passes the more things big and small I see my mother was right about.”
Yes, she was.
In an online search, Frank Pierson turns up as lead organizer of Arizona Interfaith Network according to an article in the New York Times, and Supervising Organizer, Arizona and New Mexico of the Industrial Areas Foundation. One thing about Alinsky organizations, they have a million different names, but they’re all tied to the same political machine.
Kazda and he are listed together on a State of Arizona political contributions list, and Pierson has his occupation listed as Organizer, IEF (this may be a variation on a group known as Intermountain Expansion). Needless to say, he and Kazda are as slick as they come. In an article about the incident:
Kazda denied that its message accuses anyone of racism. Instead, she proclaims the message is designed to be “provocative in a friendly way and not in a hurtful way.”
Pierson can’t cover up that pesky affiliation with the Catholic-hating atheist Alinsky. Did I mention that Pierson claims to be Roman Catholic, and that his Arizona Interfaith Network (IAF) has a prominent place on the Catholic Diocese of Tucson’s Social Justice Page? What don’t these social justice do-gooders not understand about working for an organization whose founder couldn’t stand the faith they proclaim?
They went on to say they “look forward” to having a dialogue with the Sheriff who they agree with most of the time. If they agreed with him so much, why would they falsely represent something he said by taking it out of context?
These two might appear to be whack jobs, but they’re crazy like foxes.
It’s no wonder that Pierson doesn’t like the light shining on how the Catholic Church has been Alinskyed. This book (according to the reviews) provides data on the methodical transformation of the Catholic Church that was dismissed by many in the 1970’s as tin foil hat theories. Here is one response to Pierson’s negative review and the others may be found here:
Not only has Alinsky thought invaded the Catholic Church and public education, it’s probably also touched your faith denomination as well. This may be the best explanation of how/why Catholic (and other faith based) schools have aligned themselves to the Common Core State Standards.