Lincoln Chafee: Chafee supported President Obama’s “Race to the Top” initiative which was a move toward the Common Core. The former governor supports a federal role in setting or organizing education standards, with states getting significant flexibility in how they apply those standards. As senator, Chafee voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act.”
Hillary Clinton: Clinton effectively endorsed the Common Core. Yes, she threw a bone to liberal opponents of Common Core by calling on teachers to “lead the way” in further developing these national standards. It’s obvious from Clinton’s overall remarks, however, that she supports Common Core.”
Bernie Sanders: “. . . there are few others as opposed as he is to the sweeping education law – which Congress is attempting to update – and to “this absurd effort to force teachers to spend half of their lives teaching kids how to take tests. If I have anything to say in the coming months, we would end [No Child Left Behind]. . .”
Martin O’Malley: “Increasing the frequency of tests doesn’t necessarily increase the quality of education,” O’Malley said. “We have to be mindful of the whole child – their development, their nutrition, their health. Learning is about more than that feedback loop of tests and quizzes. . . [O’Malley] defended the federal government’s role in K-12 education, which lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have said needs to be scaled back to some extent.”
Jim Webb: “When it comes to education in America we are looking at three challenges, which could actually intersect and become opportunities. The first is the benefit we can get through Pre-K programs that would allow less-privileged children to begin socialization and education at an earlier age . . .”
Neither the Republican nor the Democratic party seek to change the language of education so that it concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of our children towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens who will become the elected public servants that will lead America to success in its humanitarian efforts to solve the problems created by political and corporate control.
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