New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said last Thursday that he directed the Commissioner of Education to assemble a group of parents and educators to consider developing new education standards for the state.
“It’s now been five years since Common Core was adopted. And the truth is that it’s simply not working. It has brought only confusion and frustration to our parents. And has brought distance between our teachers and the communities where they work. Instead of solving problems in our classrooms, it is creating new ones. And when we aren’t getting the job done for our children, we need to do something different,” Christie said during a speech at Burlington County College.
On Friday, Christie said that this isn’t a political move.
“No, it’s a recognition of what I’ve heard across the state for the better part of the last two years. For the better part of the last two years, you’ve been to many of my town halls meetings during the time, Christine, and you know at most of those town hall meetings we have someone stand up and complain about Common Core – parents, educators, who are concerned about it. I felt like we had to give it a fair chance, I think we did,” Christie said.
“We’ve given it a four year chance. We don’t have buy in from parents, we don’t have buy in from educators. They feel as if it’s been imposed upon them from Washington, that their voice hasn’t been heard and if you’re going to have the best local education you can have, you have to have your local educators and those families buying into what you’re trying to do. And so I think what I’ve done is more fair than what anybody else has done, some people just reflexively oppose things. I wanted to give things a chance to work when it has shown that it can’t, if you don’t then change, then you’re just being stubborn,” Christie added. “I don’t get paid, at least not all the time, to be stubborn. So I am not being stubborn on this and as I walked in here today I had two or three different parents come up to me and say thank you for getting rid of common core. And so, no decision you make in this regard, especially regarding our education of our children, because it’s an emotional issue, no decision you make will ever be universally popular. So the answer is, that’s the reason I did it, not for other reasons.”
Yet he’s keeping PARCC and it is on this point where we can honestly say Chris Christie’s comments are just a ruse and he is not being serious about getting rid of Common Core. You can’t get rid of the standards and keep the Common Core-aligned assessment.
This just sets up a rebrand of the Common Core.