An initiative that endorses the Common Core standards in Catholic schools has quietly amended a first-grade unit plan, aligned with the new standards, resulting in the removal of three books that celebrate families headed by same-sex or divorced couples.
According to Crisis Magazine‘s Mary Jo Anderson, the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII), led by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), which has promoted the Common Core State Standards in Catholic schools, has removed The Family Book by Todd Parr and Who’s In A Family? by Robert Skutch from a recommended first-grade unit plan in English Language Arts following protests from parents.
In addition, the Cardinal Newman Society, a Catholic education organization that is opposed to the Common Core standards in Catholic schools, identified a third book, All Kinds of Families by Norma Simon, that was also removed from the unit plan.
Cardinal Newman Society observes, “Although the CCCII’s original unit plan identified a revision date of July 2012, CCCII quietly removed the three books without acknowledging a new revision date in the current version or announcing the changes to the plan.”
Amazon.com’s description of Parr’s The Family Book states that it:
celebrates the love we feel for our families and all the different varieties they come in. Whether you have two moms or two dads, a big family or a small family, a clean family or a messy one, Todd Parr assures readers that no matter what kind of family you have, every family is special in its own unique way.
Amazon.com describes Skutch’s Who’s In A Family? as an “equal opportunity, open-minded picture book” that “has no preconceptions about what makes a family a family.”