Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina was asked this morning on CNBC how she's different than Jeb Bush. "Everything about me is different," said Fiorina.
Asked the CNBC host, "How are you different than Jeb Bush?"
"Everything about me is different," said Fiorina.
"You think everything about you is different?"
"Well, I have a totally different experience set. Totally different experience set," said the presidential candidate.
"But in terms of your overall sort of governing philosophies?"
"Well, I don't support his notions around comprehensive immigration reform, for example. I think we have to get some basic things done right first, which we've never done, like secure the border, like fix the legal immigration system. I hink common core is a really bad idea. It is a giant bureaucratic program and we have demonstrated over 40 years that the Department of Education can get bigger and bigger and bigger and the quality of education continues to deteriorate. I think it's pretty clear based on those facts that giving more money to the Department of Education doesn't improve learning in the classroom. So why would we make that worse? So there are things that I disagree fundamentally with Jeb Bush about."
As Michelle Maitre at EdSource reports, when people learn more about the Common Core educational standards, they like them less. The Common Core is the latest attempt to apply universal standards of instruction and performance across American schools. It has the support of big names like Bill Gates and big money like, well, Bill Gates.
It has been five years now since America got the news, or was supposed to: Henceforth our children would enjoy a revolutionary new approach to learning in the public schools, in the form of national educational standards. They’re called the Common Core State Standards, or Common Core for short—or if you’re in a particular hurry, CCSS. Why national standards should bear the official title “State Standards” is one of the many peculiarities that make Common Core interesting to think about.
Athens, Ga. As the nation observed the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty in early January, the 2014 Georgia Family Engagement Conference here drew over 1,200 participants, up from 800 at the inaugural state conference in 2012. About a dozen states have held such confabs, pursuant to the “Parental Involvement” section of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, an arm of the War on Poverty that sends federal funds to low-income-area schools in hopes of “equalizing” so-called educational outcomes.
The educrats have decided that if students are to be taught about Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, then it might be best to leave out any mention of that … well, that war that was being fought at around that same time.
When President Obama unveiled his Race to the Top initiative in 2009, the idea was to award $4.35 billion in federal grant money to states to replicate policies that boosted student achievement. That quickly changed and the federal money was instead used to persuade states to adopt administration-backed nationalized K-12 English and math standards and tests. By last year, most states had adopted the standards, known as Common Core, and it seemed a foregone conclusion that the United States would join countries like France in having a uniform curriculum.
A strongly-worded statement from Education Secretary Arne Duncan last week revealed his distaste for federalism, since it undermines his goal of having all states agree to one set of education standards.
A coalition of right-leaning education reformers have recently and sharply broken with the growing federal influence Republicans and Democrats have broadly supported in recent decades. This edusphere tussle connects education to the wider debate Americans (evinced most loudly by Tea Party supporters) have rejoined on the scope and centralization of government power and how it shapes American identity.