I was asked privately why I had not profiled Darrell Castle, the presidential nominee for the Constitution Party, last week when I wrote about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. Primarily for two reasons – first, he still doesn’t have ballot access in all 50 states. Second, he hasn’t been included in the polls like Johnson and Stein.
That said I’m seeing that a number of conservatives, who don’t plan to vote for Trump, are taking a look at him so I wanted to share Darrell Castle’s position on education.
I’ve not been able to find Castle himself directly address Common Core, but I did find a video where he discusses the federal government’s relationship to education.
He was asked what he felt about teacher’s appreciation week.
I want to tell you in answer to that what the Constitution says about education. Here at the Constitution Party we are all for education, we really like it, but what does the Constitution say about it? Well, absolutely nothing unless you want to count the 10th Amendment where it says all things not delegates are reserved for the states, for the people. It is one of those things that is reserved to the states and to the people, and so we love our teachers and we want to see more education, but we want it to be the responsibility of parents, of local officials, of state officials. However the local people want it, but it should be a state and local responsibility. That is how we see it in the Constitution Party.
I think we can infer an opposition to Common Core and the Every Student Succeeds Act from that or any federal education initiative for that matter.
The Constitution Party itself has commented on Common Core:
Since the Constitution grants the Federal Government no authority over Education, the 10th Amendment applies:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
All teaching is related to basic assumptions about God and man. Education as a whole, therefore, cannot be separated from religious faith. The law of our Creator assigns the authority and responsibility of educating children to their parents.
Education should be free from all federal government subsidies, including vouchers, tax incentives, and loans, except with respect to veterans.
The Constitution Party Supports the PARENTAL RIGHT to provide for the education of their children, and affirms the free market principles of improving education through non-traditonal options such as internet-based schools, charter schools, religious and private schools, as well as home-based schooling.
The Constitution Party Opposes any federal control over the education of children.
The Constitution Party calls for the elimination of the federal Department of Education, as well as a repeal of any federally-supported programs such as Common Core, No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, etc. There is NO CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION that empowers the government to provide for, or regulate, the education of our children.
The Constitution Party encourages state legislatures to Nullify all federal education programs.
I suspect this is Castle’s position as well.