Mother Jones is an American magazine featuring investigative and breaking news reporting on politics, the environment, human rights, and culture.(Wikipedia)
Allie Gross, reporter for Mother Jones writes, “How the GOP Candidates Are Flailing on Common Core”
Ben Carson: “. . .high academic standards are important, but that having the government responsible for both creating and enforcing them “is naive.”
Sen. Ted Cruz: “We need to repeal every word of Common Core.”
Carly Fiorina: “I think Common Core is a really bad idea.” She added, “Giving more money to the Department of Education doesn’t improve learning in the classroom.” . . . but she commended No Child Left Behind for helping the “US set a high bar for our students.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham: “. . . is anti-Common Core today. In February 2014, he even introduced a Senate resolution that “denounced the Obama Administration” for using federal funds to “coerce” states into adopting Common Core. But in September 2013—three years after his home state adopted Common Core—Graham had no clue about it.”
George Pataki: “Education has always been the prerogative of the states and should continue to be that.”
Rand Paul: “. . . the standards contain “anti-American propaganda, revisionist history that ignores the faith of our Founders and data-tracking of students from kindergarten on.”
Rick Perry: “I will not commit Texas taxpayers to unfunded federal obligations or to the adoption of unproven, cost-prohibitive national standards and tests”
Sen. Marco Rubio: “The executive branch does not possess the authority to force states into compliance with administration reforms”
Rick Santorum: “I wasn’t for Common Core. And today, I’m still not for Common Core.” While he may have never been for the Common Core, in 2001 he voted for No Child Left Behind, the apex of federal accountability in schools.”
Donald Trump: “That’s a disaster. It’s bad. It should be local and all of that.”
While these candidates are opposed to the Common Core, they must understand it is more important to change the language of education so that it concentrates on our children’s gifts and talents.
We must fight for every child’s right to an excellent education.
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