The Cardinal Newman Society has released a new set of curriculuman standards for Catholic schools, designed as an alternative to the federal Common Core guidelines.
The release of the Catholic Curriculum Standards follows
closely on the publication of a report in which several Catholic
scholars argued that the Common Core standards are incompatible with
traditional Catholic approach to education, since they focus on
developing marketplace skills rather than on liberal education and
training in virtue.
“We want to help, to propose a path forward that is more appropriate
for Catholic schools than the problematic Common Core and other secular
options,” said Dan Guernsey, a co-author of the new guidelines. The
standard—set forth in two groups, one for kindergarten through grade 6,
the other for grades 7 through 12—emphasize literature, science, math,
The Cardinal Newman Society is a Virginia-based group dedicated to
preserving and promoting a distinctively Catholic approach to education.