Conservative Firebrand Bob Barr Makes Most Blistering Condemnation to Date of Common Core


Wow. Writing for the Marietta Daily Journal, Jon Gillooly  has the story:

MARIETTA — During the public comment portion of the Cobb Board of Education meeting Thursday, former Congressman Bob Barr of Smyrna blasted the controversial Common Core  standards as a packed room of supporters cheered.

The audience waving signs denouncing Common Core and wore T-shirts opposing the adoption of textbooks aligned with the standards, which they believe will cause the federalization of education and loss of local control.

Barr described himself as a long-time taxpaying Cobb citizen, and “also somebody who has seen the jaws of the federal leviathan close up in a number of capacities.”

Barr made his comments in the wake of the board’s April decision to reject a $7.5 million purchase of math textbooks affiliated with Common Core standards.

Barr, who is running for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta), said those who advocate for Common Core claim it’s not really controlled by the federal government or that it’s not really driven by federal monies or that it’s going to protect the privacy of Cobb students.

“The fact of the matter is it is a federal program,” Barr said. “It is a program that ultimately is driven by money coming in, the lure of that money is something that the federal government is very good at, luring entities in order to perpetuate the other ‘C’ in Common Core and that is ‘control.’ So I would simply urge all of you this evening being as concerned I know as all of us in the room are with obtaining the very, very best education for our students to consider extremely carefully the nature of this program not just directly but indirectly and what at its core it really is, and that is increasing federal control and consequently reducing your and our control over the education of our students.”

Oh my. Barr sounds like one of my liberal friends who are public education advocates.  Opposition to what’s now understood as Common Core’s package is becoming a juggernaut. Will the awakening that occurring among conservatives stretch to the test-dominated, school choice  “control” agendas that are  dominated by “the lure of money” in state legislatures like Florida’s? .

About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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