Perhaps the single most important reason that Common Core should be disavowed by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee lies in Deneen's speech to the Philadelphia Society. Recognize, first, that Common Core IS a Federally-imposed program, regardless of the weasel-wording of its proponents (who, by the way, are largely from the (D-Statist) Party.)
Now, then, Deneen examines "The Life of Julia":
...We begin to see this with ever-growing clarity in our own times—a new,
kinder and gentler total State. It promises its citizenry liberty at
every turn, and that liberty involves ever-greater freedom from the
partial institutions of civil society, or ones remade in accordance with
the aims of the State. The states as sovereign political units have
been almost wholly eviscerated, and are now largely administrative units
for the federal government....
Note well: "Julia" has "liberty"--or so the ad told us. But there are clouds on that sunny horizon.
...Satisfied with that victory, we now see extraordinary efforts to “break”
two institutions that have always been most resistant to the total
State: churches and family. We see an unprecedented efforts by the
Federal government to abridge religious liberty by conscripting
religious institutions like Little Sisters of the Poor (and my
institution, Notre Dame) to be agents conscripted into providing
abortifacients, sterilization and contraception—in the name of
individual liberty. We can expect determined and even ferocious efforts
to bend Churches to accept gay marriage as a norm, even to the point of
forcing them entirely out of the civil realm. And we see increasing
efforts of the government to “liberate” children from their
families—represented perhaps most chillingly by the MSNBC clip showing
Melissa Harris-Perry explaining how the greatest obstacle to State
education has been the pervasive notion that kids “belong” to families
rather than belonging “collectively to all of us.”...
The demolition of Church and family. Just what the State wants.
And the Archbishop hands over his children to the authors.
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