Forty-six states have adopted the Common Core Standards heralded
by the Obama administration, and as one policy scholar reports,
that includes private schools.
More than 100 Roman Catholic dioceses, along with a number of
Lutheran and other denominations of Christian schools nationwide,
have decided to adopt the standards. Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute says
that is bad news.
"It appears that some private schools are adopting
the … Common Core Standards because they feel they have to, and
they have to because they think they need to be able to show that
they're doing a better job than the public schools, and then that
means they have to use the same standards as the public schools to
really make that argument," he explains.
But McCluskey adds that good news is connected with
"For one thing, the national standards themselves, the Common
Core itself isn't necessarily bad; it could be a good set of
standards," he notes.
"So private schools have the benefit that they don't
have to take it, and if it turns out that it's no good or
doesn't work as well as the curriculum they used to have, they can
still get out of it."
The Common Core State Standards involve just two subjects:
English language arts and math. They were authored by two groups:
the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and
the Council of Chief State School Officers.