An email discovered among the correspondence that was part of the Wikileaks dump of hacked Democratic National Committee files explains why Common Core was not mentioned in their platform approved yesterday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
“Common Core is a political third rail that we should not be touching at all. Get rid of it.” If you are not aware a political third rail means that an issue is dangerous to touch, like the third rail with some trains and subway systems that are deadly to touch due to being electrified.
Democrats, as a party, have not jumped on Common Core opposition like you’ve seen Republicans do, but there are some state parties, like Washington State Democrats, have come out in opposition. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo when running for reelection had a primary challenger who was anti-Common Core.
They didn’t outright support it in their platform in 2012, but they couldn’t criticize it either since the Obama Administration was instrumental in getting states to sign-on through the Race to the Top program which Democrats praised.
Their presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton supports national standards so for the DNC to criticize it, especially when they were working to ensure Clinton got the nomination would be uncouth.
So the Democratic Party has failed to listen to many of their own supporters because it isn’t politically expedient. Instead of embracing an issue that has bipartisan value they mainly focus in their education platform what divides Americans.