COMMON CORE STATEMENT | MARCH 12, 2014
The Common Core State Standards, despite the name, is a national system that includes uniform educational standards, federal financing, massive data collection, and testing. By extension, it also includes the textbooks and assessment systems written to comply with the standards. Common Core purports to better prepare children for “college and career readiness,” yet the standards have been shown to be inferior to existing state standards and have been condemned by a host of educators across the political spectrum, including members of the Common Core’s own Validation Committee.1
There are now many professors, journalists, and parents exposing alarming elements of Common Core, from the replacement of great literature by informational texts to the slower pace in math.2 Most disturbing, however, is the awareness that Common Core provides the means by which a nationalized, unconstitutional federal bureaucracy can control education throughout the country. Education has become a State system that serves the State’s purpose.
It has also been apparent over decades that the public education system has grown hostile to the Bible, to Christian thinking and practice, and to any acknowledgment of God. This antagonism towards Christianity makes even worse the growing power of the national education system.
Christian parents and churches have long resisted these trends. They have created Christian schools to help fulfill the parents’ duty to bring up children to fear the Lord and to love Him (Deuteronomy 6:1-9).
Geneva Academy was created to help parents fulfill this duty. The school affirms that the core truths about God, His creation, mankind, family, church, society, and government are revealed by God in the Bible, and “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10).
Furthermore, Geneva Academy believes that academic rigor in literature, mathematics, history, language, science, and the arts is best achieved when those disciplines are integrated on a scriptural foundation. We also believe that true preparation for adult responsibilities in the home, workplace, church, and community must include the development of a Biblical worldview and the characteristics of wisdom and grace.3
For these reasons, as of March 12, 2014, the Geneva Academy Board of Directors:
- forbids the adoption of Common Core standards in full or in part in any of Geneva Academy’s academic programs
- rejects any offers of government funding for training in Common Core methodology, standards, assessments, etc.
- directs the Headmaster and faculty to pursue the academic excellence of a classical Christian school while giving glory to Christ our Redeemer
- encourages Geneva Academy families to keep informed about issues affecting education in the United States so as to be a light and a help to other Christian families
1. The testimony of Validation Committee Members Professor Sandra Stotsky and Professor James Milgram before the Texas Legislature are helpful in identifying specific problems and big-picture shortcomings of Common Core. Both have written articles about Common Core. For more information see ParentsAcrossAmerica.org and TruthinAmericanEducation.com.
2. Terrence Moore, Professor at Hillsdale College, has an enlightening series of essays that demonstrate Common Core standards applied to literature and history. See also his book The Story-Killers: A Common Sense Case Against the Common Core.
3. Dr. J. Gresham Machen wrote, “There are also the moral interests of mankind, and without cultivation of these moral interests a technically trained man is only given more power to do harm. (The Necessity of the Christian School, 1933).