Common Core Is Dead

But common sense shouldn’t be...

Feb 21 2014

Here’s a sampling of some things people have posted on my FB page lately: “I hear you support Common Core education standards; I’ll never watch your show again;” another: “If you support Common Core, you’ve lost my trust.” Or this, “You need to learn the truth about Common Core.” I guess the person who said he’d never watch my show again won’t hear this and that’s too bad. Let me cut right to the chase: I don’t support what Common Core has become in many states or school districts. I’m dead set against the federal government creating a uniform curriculum for any subject; I oppose the collection of personal data on students that would identify them and track them and any effort to give that personal information to the federal government. I am steadfast in my belief that parents should ultimately decide the best venue for their children’s education, whether public schools, private schools, religious schools or home-schools. I believe education is a local or state function—not a federal one. Sadly, the very label Common Core has come to be associated with things I detest, like agenda driven curriculum that indoctrinates instead of educates. I’m convinced that the term Common Core needs to disappear from the lexicon of education policy. It’s a toxic term because it’s come to mean things that most of us can’t stomach, like top-down federal intrusion into the local schools where you live. But Common Core as it was designed had nothing to do with the federal government. It was conceived and controlled by elected governors and state school chiefs to keep the federal hands from interfering. It only dealt with 2 subjects, math and English, and in those 2 subjects, established only state-initiated standards in those subjects, and intentionally did not write or even suggest curriculum. It set voluntary goals---VOLUNTARY goals—controlled by local school boards. Unfortunately, the locally controlled and very simple creation of standards in math and English, created so that students would be measured by comparable regardless of geography has been hijacked by those who took the label Common Core and applied it to curriculum, subjects other than math and English, and even unrelated things as personal data collection. As a result, Common Core as a brand is dead and hopefully the perversions of it will die as well. What I hope does not die is setting higher standards for students, keeping score to see how well they are doing, and having accountability for results. Educational bureaucrats have long fought honest assessments and accountability and have been satisfied with under performing students who were far behind their peers in other states or other countries. The Wall Street Journal reported this week that schools in the US were performing below those in Vietnam, Lithuania, Russia, and Hungary; that our 15 year olds haven’t seen improvement in over a decade compared to other nations. For those who think I embrace Common Core, I don’t embrace or even want to tolerate what it’s come to mean in too many locations. Yes, it’s been hijacked, and I don’t support the hijackers or the destination, but I don’t blame the airplane for getting hijacked. I just hope we aren’t willing to accept mediocrity as a standard. Let’s kill the name Common Core and all the nonsense that’s been tacked on to it. But let’s insist that if we continue to spend the most money in education we demand that the end result is achievement. Every Governor should take the wheel and steer his or her state to adopting strict and rigorous standards. Keep it simple; name it what you will. Don’t let anyone corrupt the goals by adding things not part of the goals. Common Core is dead. But common sense shouldn’t be.

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  • Michelle Dill

    08/23/2014 10:07 PM

    With all due respect, Gov. Huckabee, I feel you need to do further research regarding your comment, "But Common Core as it was designed had nothing to do with the federal government. It was conceived and controlled by elected governors and state school chiefs to keep the federal hands from interfering." The NGA and CCSSO, two clubs for lobbyists to court, are the front names who supposedly came up with CC, but actually only 5 people led by David Coleman who received 50 million from Gates created them. How are these people qualified and how are they accountable to the American taxpayer? - they aren't either one!! The appearance that the federal gov't isn't involved is a farce! The Federal Gov't bought states buy in of CC by giving 5 Billion to states if they accepted it BEFORE it was even written! CC isn't a standard if it isn't tested so the feds created NCLB which flopped - too much state control. Cc is NCLB on steriods. Federal money and control are woven all through CC - how can you not see this?? Follow the series of RTTT->NCLB and now CC. Let me break it down for you. RTTT -> states given $ if they accept CC AND given a waiver on NCLB! There is federal bribe money at every step of this education fiasco. Friends of the fed (Gates/Pearson/etc) will all reap financial gain from CC. To test every student needs a device(doubt they'll be Apple), new texts. Now David Coleman is revamping the college board tests! Please stop this manipulator! It is unconstitutional for the federal government to dictate curriculum so of course the fed is staying at arms length, but just follow the education $ trail and how states have been put over a barrel since Race To The Top in 2009. Please Gov. Huckabee, research and dig deeper on this issue.

  • Donna Lawrence

    06/09/2014 10:46 AM

    Governor Huckabee,
    Just finished Glenn Beck's book "Conform": the truth about Common Core. If you haven't, I suggest that you read it. Maybe the original design of Common Core was a legitimate attempt to improve our school's current teaching methods, but it has morphed into something frightening.

  • michael frisbie

    06/09/2014 09:57 AM

    common core started as a way to standardize schools so if say a military family movess from one location to another there children would not be at ae a disadvantage of having to start over in a new school .however as in all things controlled by the obama team and the government it tried to be a instrument to teach our children liberal policies and to do away with history and basic classes.schools are for the the three rs(?) reading writing and arithmetic and history.my daughter is a part time teacher and has a 6 month old son based on what she has seen she wants no part of teaching this garbage called common core.there are many good teachers who are chosing to retire or quit rather than being forced to teach the crap in common core.this is a battle for the minds and souls of our children.we cannot let common core or obamacare continue.everything Obama has been behind is a failure,its time to take our country back one way or another.God Bless the Usa and thank god for radio commentators like Mike Huckabee glen beck rush lindbaugh and all of the conservative talk hosts.ni

  • Barbara Tonkovich

    04/30/2014 04:51 PM

    You said, "But Common Core as it was designed had nothing to do with the federal government." You are "deceived" (quoting the Word) by individuals like the Gates'. They have an agenda (21?), and it includes not just the minds of our youth (like Hitler did), but with technology there is RFID, Global Warming, One-World Gov't, etc.

  • Lynda Milburn

    03/05/2014 04:08 PM

    I am glad you clarified your stand on CC. I am a retired secondary teacher --32 years at high school & 7 years at our community college. NM has signed on to Common Core. We have a head of our PED who is totally unqualified! Gov. Martinez refuses to listen to our retired and current teachers. I am a Republican and have always supported Republican candidates--however, no more! I refuse to support our current governor as do hundreds of other educators and their families. I will never vote for her again. NM will never score well as long as we test all of our children in the same way. You can't lump all kids into one group--some don't speak or write English, some are special education, some have parents who use drugs or alcohol, some are abused, some have parents who don't see the importance of an education, and the list goes on! Yet, all of the kids are tested the same! Also, we believe in educating EVERY child! CC may have started out with good intentions, but it certainly hasn't ended up that way! It is an indoctrination program for our kids--from K-12 and even into college! The one who wins will be the publishing/testing company! I do NOT understand why Bill Gates would fund such a disaster! It is more government control! They have our healthcare--now they want to control our children! I ask you to go to Sonlife broadcasting network and click on Frances and Friends. Go to the picture menu on the right of the screen and scroll down until you find "Sister Frances welcomes a distinguished panel of ..." The date of the program is Feb. 20, 2014. This is one of the best programs I have seen on CC. Part of the panel helped write CC, but they refused to sign off on it because of the final standards. Part of the panel are outstanding professors from major universities here in the U.S. Parents must get involved to stop CC NOW! I am shocked at how many parents don't know what is going on in their child's classroom today! More testing for students and more paperwork for teachers will never solve the problem. Yes, teachers should be evaluated! However, not with the evaluation system that is currently being used in NM. We are losing hundreds of good teachers in our state because of CC and what it is doing to our children and our teachers. PLEASE look at the program I recommended and realize CC is not good for our kids, our teachers, or our country! You love freedom--there is no freedom with CC. I enjoy your program, and I hope you will continue to speak for freedom. CC will kill that freedom!

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