Good News: Common Core made the Rep. Debate; Bad News Education was discussed for only 2 minutes.

I watched the Republican debate on Thursday night and noticed a couple of things: Education did make it into the discussion – but for only 2 minutes of a 2 hour debate. rubio & bush 8.6.15 debate

Also, the only candidate(s) who were asked questions about education, were arguably the one or two with the most to say about it. Would have loved to hear any of the other 8 candidates talk about education issues – any education issues.

Here is the two minute clip of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio discussing common core from Huffington Post. 

The moderator asked Jeb Bush if he thought a quote from Arne Duncan was correct, stating that the opposition to Common Core is from “fringe group.”

I wrote in May about how Jeb Bush was still supporting common core on the campaign trail. His answer to the questions posed didn’t exactly support common core – which didn’t help the movement, but as a highly watched Republican platform, I guess he chose a safer route that didn’t further erode his votes by tagging him as Pro Common Core.

He said he disagreed with the statement Arne Duncan made about fringe groups, and added “Federal government shouldn’t be involved in the creation of standards directly or indirectly, creation of curriculum or content is strictly a state responsibility.”

That’s great Jeb – except even you know Common core isn’t developed from the federal level. Thanks for making that clear! Even the fact checkers thought you were trying to connect Common Core with the feds:

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush again defended his support of the Common Core education standards, which are deeply unpopular within the Republican Party.

“I don’t believe the federal government should be involved in the creation of standards directly or indirectly…that is clearly a state responsibility. I’m for higher standards, measured in an intellectually honest way with abundant school choice,” he said.

We still have a responsibility to educate everyone about Common Core, why it is important and where it really came from.

Instead of really digging deep on education issues, we have to spend time just trying to get correct information out.

And everyday, while we are trying to set the record straight, to make change for kids who need it…kids are losing learning opportunities they will never get back.


One thought on “Good News: Common Core made the Rep. Debate; Bad News Education was discussed for only 2 minutes.

  1. Pingback: You likely support Common Core even if you say you don’t | Best Interest of Kids

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