Training for the Workforce Is a Limiting Goal

Photo source: Holy Cross Academy
Photo source: Holy Cross Academy

It has never ceased to amaze me when I read about private schools adopt Common Core in an attempt to be “competitive” with public schools. When many of these schools, especially Catholic schools, had classical education as their foundation, that argument never made sense.

Granted there are other reasons beyond academics to send a child to a private school, but frankly if a private school adopts Common Core to keep up with public schools it makes it harder to justify paying tuition.

It is refreshing to see private schools reject Common Core, and in doing so reject the workforce development model of education. So kudos to Holy Cross Academy in Oneida, NY. The Utica Observer-Dispatch reports:

“Although Common Core states its aim is to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, and that its standards reflect the knowledge and skills students need for success in college and careers, it also states its overall purpose – that students be able to compete in the global economy,” said Principal Teri Maciag. “Holy Cross sees these goals as providing training for a position in the workforce, which is a worthy goal, but limiting as far as the student is concerned. The human and spiritual potential of the person is not addressed.”

Because Holy Cross Academy is a private school, it doesn’t rely on state funding. It also is independent, and not affiliated with or funded by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.

And then some private schools have bought into the Common Core talking points hook, line and sinker.

But other local schools that are affiliated with the diocese – such as Notre Dame, Rome Catholic and St. Patrick’s School in Oneida – have adopted the standards.

“We do administer the Common Core here at Notre Dame, as do all of the Syracuse diocesan schools,” said Kari Puleo, director of development and marketing at Notre Dame. “We believe following the Common Core keeps us competitive as New York state moves in this direction. The Common Core was designed to prepare students for their futures, a core value we strongly believe in. The rigorous curriculum engages students in 21st-century skill sets, including creative thinkers and effective problem solvers.”