Common Core Had Bipartisan Support and Bipartisan Opposition

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I read a piece on The Daily Beast written by Ken Stern, a lifelong Democrat and former CEO of NPR, entitled “How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right.” I found it interesting, and as a conservative, I appreciate his willingness to engage.

He pointed out how people’s views of universal health care changed based on who supported it, and then I came to this excerpt about Common Core:

This dynamic is not just limited to political science games. When it was originally introduced, Common Core was one of those increasingly rare policies that drew support from across the political spectrum. As recently as 2013, it had incredible public support, at about 83 percent. But around then, the Tea Party, licking its wounds from its 2012 electoral disaster, latched on to the concept as an example of unwarranted federal intrusion on local governance, even though Common Core from inception was a state-driven initiative. Support for the idea quickly plummeted, so by 2016 only 35 percent of Republicans were willing to support Common Core. But when you describe what Common Core is—standards for reading and math that are the same across the states—without mentioning the “Common Core” brand, support among Republicans instantly pops up to more than 50 percent and strong opposition largely disappears, from 34 percent to 14 percent. Lest you think this is a Republican folly, the same dynamic holds true for Democrats, though a little less strongly, probably because Common Core is not an identity issue for Democrats.

So much for non-partisan understanding. Common Core support was at its highest in 2010 when it was introduced, and nobody knew what it was. Support has declined ever since. Common Core was an unwarranted federal intrusion through Race to the Top and NCLB waivers. It was state-driven in that Governors, and state boards of education signed because of potential federal dollars. State legislatures were bypassed, and it was not a transparent process.

Common Core has a brand because the standards are weak. Both Republicans and Democrats supported Common Core, and there were both Republicans and Democrats in opposition. There was grassroots resistance by parents to Common Core one to two years before the Tea Party got involved.

Stern undermines his message by taking a shot at the Tea Party and painting Common Core opposition as Tea Party-driven. It’s not. Does he think the Tea Party has led tens of thousands of people to opt-out from the Common Core-aligned test they have in New York? Not a chance.

The Tea Party was involved, but they don’t own the opposition.

As far as partisan headaches for those of us who oppose Common Core, Republican governors have been some of the worst.

3 thoughts on “Common Core Had Bipartisan Support and Bipartisan Opposition

  1. The gentleman needs to understand, Common Core was only “state driven” by the politicians with promises of money for their wares. Most parents who understood the background regarding where we are in education never suported Common Core for what it was or how it got dumped into the hands of educators. Good teachers have left the profession because CC does not allow you to teach to give us responsible children educated to reason and think responsibily hence why we have roaming our streets now.

    The beginning of the ruination of our children began in 1762 with Jean Jacques Rousseau passing to John Dewey and the real hard hitter 1829 – Now we are presented with the “godless” “Working Man’s Party”. Organizers state, “The great object is to get rid of Christianity, and to convert our churches into lulls of science. The plan was not to make open attacks upon religion, but schools, from which all religion was to be eluded, in which nothing was to be taught but such knowledge as is verifiable by the sense, and to which all parents were to be compelled by law to send their children. Our complete plan was to take the children from their parents at the age of twelve or eighteen months, and to have than nursed, fed, clothed, and trained in three schools at the public expense; (my, my, Senator Lamar Alexander who would have thought you got your ideas regarding the caring and education of our children from a Communist Party ideology) but at any rate, we were to have godless schools for all the children of the country. The plan has been successfully pursued and the whole action of the country on the subject has taken the direction we sought to give it.” It certainly has!

    How about this of which you hear from liberals almost daily any more – 1864 – John Swett, the CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction declared: “The vulgar impression that parents have a legal right to dictate to teachers is entirely erroneous. The only persons who have a legal right to give orders to the teacher are his employers, namely the committee in some states and in others the directors or trustees. If the teachers conduct is approved by his employers, the parents have no remedy against him. (Noted in Montgomery Zachariah’s, self-published book, The Poison Fountain or Anti-Parental Education)

    My timeline of “The Destruction of America Through Education was completed about 5 years ago and I am in the process of updating all the damage Obummer did. It has been a vry dirty, ugly ahenda and Charter/Choice/vouchers are a very big part of the whole plan to creat socialist, non-thinkers to work in the fields star5ted by Clinton’s “School-to-Work” Act. Now we have lazy parents who have been educated through this garbage – how can we expect them to be able to reason to raise children of their own. Most are marching to the tune of Satan!

    1. I abhor Betsy DeVos and her voucher movement, but I would really like to see her blow up the USDE and leave it in pieces. I think there are a few departments that need to be preserved because they do good for children, but they can be absorbed into other government agencies. I think the formation of the USDE was the worst thing that Jimmy Carter did during his presidency.

  2. Both sides have been at fault and Bill Gates and David Coleman pander to whatever side will support their greed. In MD, our last Dem Gov (Martin O’Malley) signed us up for this deal and Hogan (Rep) ran and won all the while claiming to get rid of the terrible common core. Well, here we are and we still have Common Core and we are still tied to Pearson and PARCC along with all the other ridiculous tests. MSDE has Finn and Smarick loving Charters and Vouchers. Common Core is most definitely Bipartisan…and so is stupid.

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