Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton discussed Common Core during her meeting with the Newsday editorial board in Melville, NY.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday called the Common Core curriculum’s implementation a “disaster,” but said she continues to support a uniform national education standard for the United States.
“I have always supported national standards,” Clinton said in a nearly hourlong question-and-answer session Newsday’s editorial board in Melville.
Clinton noted that Common Core started off as a nonpartisan effort, that was endorsed by the majority of state governors. she said its implementation likely led to the widespread frustration with the curriculum among parents and teachers.
“I think the rollout was disastrous … the expectation that you could turn on a dime,” Clinton said. She said some states did not adequately train teachers in the new curriculum, or did not have materials for students when Common Core was rolled out.
She also does not have a problem with the tests as she wouldn’t opt her granddaughter out, but doesn’t want them to be applied to teachers’ unions.
I wrote back when she first defended Common Core. “Calling something “non-partisan” doesn’t mean it lacks ideology or that it is good. Does Clinton even understand why parents oppose Common Core? I doubt it or she doesn’t care.”
I still think she either doesn’t know or doesn’t care, but wants to make sure she doesn’t want teachers evaluated on it to make the unions happy.
This is consistent with what she said in Iowa before the Iowa Caucuses. Weak sauce. The Common Core implementation in New York was a disaster because the Common Core State Standards are a disaster.