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Common Core is not expected to affect Mother of Divine Grace in the near future, according to Mrs. Hayden:
“The Common Core standards are never considered in putting together our curriculum. We will not look to conform to the standards; our measure for all curriculum choices is: Does it fit with the stages of formation? Does it fit with a classical education?

“The standards themselves are problematic in that they have standards for the students that do not appear to fit with the appropriate stage of formation. At least if the standards are taken very literally that is the case. So, I am not a fan of the standards, though I do not see the standards themselves as evil, just misguided. I do think that the idea of a common national  standard is troubling in many, many ways. It’s another step towards nationalizing education.

I do think that the idea of a common national standard is troubling in many, many ways. It’s another step towards nationalizing education.” ”

— Margaret Hayden, Director, MODG

“Fortunately, as a private school we do not have to adopt these standards, and will not. We will monitor things closely, however, as we fear that common core standards may affect even private schools via standardized testing. If the tests are aligned to the standards, then our students may have a problem with standardized tests. Fortunately, the standards have met with resistance, it is hopeful that they may be overturned or changed.”

Common Core has been a source of much controversy in recent months. While all but four states – Texas, Virginia, Alaska, and Nebraska – have adopted these standards*, Common Core also constitutes a rare issue which Democrats and Republicans can unite against.** Across the nation, parents and government officials are concerned that these new standards will not allow for handicapped students to move at their own pace, or simply, that it will prevent specialization: different children need different training.
Republicans from the Senate are working toward giving the states the right to decide about whether or not to adapt to these standards. Their proposal states, “States and local educational agencies should maintain the right and responsibility of determining educational curricula, programs of instruction, and assessments for elementary and secondary education.” ****
** New York Daily News
*** Baltimore Post Examiner
**** The Daily Caller