The National Catholic Register recently quoted Dan Guernsey, director of K-12 programs at the Cardinal Newman Society, about President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education – Betsy Devos.
“Her position seems to be that Common Core seemed like a good idea at the time, but that, according to her statement, ‘along the way, it got turned into a federalized boondoggle.’ This is the default position of virtually all former and even current Common Core supporters, including Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush!” said Guernsey. “Her position should have been from the start: ‘Do not let the national government, businessmen, bureaucrats and billionaires (she now represents all four of these) design a national education program, and let the states decide on their own.”
Well put. Cardinal Newman Society also added in their recent report card. “As Catholics, we welcome all converts. Let’s hope DeVos’ conversion away from Common Core is genuine. And, to be clear, Common Core didn’t get boondoggled along the way. It was a federally supported bureaucratic know-it-all one size fits all boondoggle from the beginning,” they wrote.
Agreed. Common Core didn’t become a boondoggle, it was always a boondoggle. Top-down reforms never work.
As far as her conversion I also hope that it was genuine. I sincerely hope she is asked more about this during the confirmation process.