RNC Rejects “One Size Fits All” Approach to Education in Platform

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Photo credit: Republican National Committee

The Republican National Convention passed a platform yesterday that had a significant section devoted to education. It affirms the supremacy of parents when it comes to education and rejects one-size-fits-all approaches to education and embraces of local control.

Below is the relevant text:

Parents are a child’s first and foremost educators, and have primary responsibility for the education of their children. Parents have a right to direct their children’s education, care, and upbringing. We support a constitutional amendment to protect that right from interference by states, the federal government, or international bodies such as the United Nations. We reject a onesize-fits-all approach to education and support a broad range of choices for parents and children at the state and local level. We likewise repeat our longstanding opposition to the imposition of national standards and assessments, encourage the parents and educators who are implementing alternatives to Common Core, and congratulate the states which have successfully repealed it. Their education reform movement calls for choice-based, parent-driven accountability at every stage of schooling. It affirms higher expectations for all students and rejects the crippling bigotry of low expectations. It recognizes the wisdom of local control of our schools and it wisely sees consumer rights in education — choice — as the most important driving force for renewing education. It rejects excessive testing and “teaching to the test” and supports the need for strong assessments to serve as a tool so teachers can tailor teaching to meet student needs.

You can read the platform here. The education section is on pages 33-36.

3 thoughts on “RNC Rejects “One Size Fits All” Approach to Education in Platform

  1. It bothers me when I hear politicians and activists still taking about repealing Common Core. Common Core is nothing more than a registered brand name. You can get rid of the name but the standards remain. This is how they get away with saying they “repealed” Common Core. Well yes they repealed he name only with the Common Core aligned standards still in place. There is not one state that has repealed the standards. Many have repealed the name but not the standards. There is only one way to get rid of the standards is to repeal ESSA. And not one politician and many activists get that. Unless we repeal ESSA and roll it back to the original intent we will never stop what is happening and I get real nervous when hear this kind of talk because those talking about repealing the standards either don’t get it or they are being deceitful. And then they start talking Choice. Charters are not choice they are meant to destroy public education, eliminate elected school boards and privatize education. In the end the only CHOICE we will have is Charter School #1 or Charter School #2. Vouchers are how they will destroy private school and home school. We don’t need choice. We need to shut down the US Dept. of Education and get back to the same education system that made this the greatest education system in the world prior to 1965 and most definitely prior to 1979. It does not take a rocket scientist to see the problem and the solution.

    1. Amen to that we not a comusis country but thats what they are trying to do control are childetn and there minds when are people going to see this and stand up for our children

  2. Every form of education should be customized so that it can bring the best out of the learner. Common Core standards don’t work well and it should have been proved long ago and the prorpriate actions should have been taken.

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