Miami Herald Gets it Wrong on Common Core Opposition

Few dispute that most of the professional journalists who staff the state’s top newspapers lean democrat and leftward. It often becomes obvious in their reporting on Common Core. Consider this from the editors of the Miami Herald:

In January, the Editorial Board lamented that Gov. Rick Scott, throughout his term, “has had a mixed record on education.” Unfortunately, he’s done little to disabuse South Floridians of that view.

He flirted with issuing an executive order to undo the Common Core State Standards, saying the curriculum was expensive and a sign of federal-government intrusion. He was pandering to his tea-party compatriots, of course, but not to anyone who cares deeply about the quality of education in the state — and that of the students graduating from its schools. If Common Core is expensive, just think of the how much an academically unprepared workforce will cost the state.

While it is true that a key state tea party leader in Patricia Sullivan has been a vocal leader in opposing Core, she would tell you she’s not alone; and it’s not just the tea party.  In April 2013, the Republican National Committee drafted a resolution that opposed the “one-size-fits-all” goals. Center-right think-tanks like the American Enterprise Institute and the Heartland Institute have taken similar positions.

You can be sure that Scott is much more concerned about what the RNC is saying and the well-funded think-tanks which usually support his other initiatives are writing. Tea Party opposition is much more narrow in scope as it is focused on federal control. The RNC, AEI and Heartland are stomping up and down about the whole package.

The editors of the Herald ought to know this. To not recognize it reveals their bias. Are they so leftward leaning that they lump all conservatives together as the Tea Party?

At any rate, Common Core is finally receiving much-needed scrutiny from Florida republican legislators. We’ve separated from the national consortium, PARCC,  which spawned  state-wide outrage in New York and Arne Duncan’s repulsive quote that “white suburban mom’s are finding out their kids aren’t as smart as they thought.”

Common Core and it’s rigid, oppressive testing regime are collapsing because it’s bad policy. The Herald’s silly vision that wild-eyed Tea Partiers are dancing in Rick Scott’s head is, well, silly.






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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3 Responses to Miami Herald Gets it Wrong on Common Core Opposition

  1. gatorbonbc says:

    Yes. It seems obvious that the Miami Herald should know better. In April of this year, they published this article: “Conventional wisdom held that liberals and teachers supported the new Common Core curriculum standards. Until the Badass Teachers Association crashed the party.

    The 25,000 BATs, as they call themselves, are pushing back against the national standards with Twitter strikes, town hall meetings and snarky Internet memes. They have no qualms with the theory behind the new benchmarks, but they fear the larger movement places too much emphasis on testing and will stifle creativity in the classroom.

    “It’s not just the Tea Party that’s skeptical of the Common Core,” said Bonnie Cunard, a Fort Myers teacher who manages the Facebook page for the 1,200 Florida BATs. “We on the left, like the folks on the right, are saying we want local control.”

    The BATs represent a new wave of liberal opposition to the Common Core standards, which includes some union leaders, progressive activists and Democratic lawmakers. They are joining forces with Tea Party groups and libertarians, who want states like Florida to slow down efforts to adopt the new benchmarks and corresponding tests.”

    Much more than just the tea party opposing Common Core. #MuchMuchMore

    Read more here:

  2. Lots of liberals like me oppose common core for its emphasis on testing and its badly-tuned level of difficulty. Where I teach in the inner city, the books we’re required to use (based on common core’s lexile levels) are ridiculously incomprehensible for most, and the standards are one or two degrees of complexity beyond the skills that are within their reach. I’m helping them along, and we’re having a good year, but it could be so much better.

  3. grumpyelder says:

    Bob, as you know, I’m a Constitutional Conservative.. so I don’t need to dig to deep to find lots of reasons to oppose Common Core.. but I thought I’d make an observation about the Miami Herald, and most of the rest of the Media.

    First of all, we’ve gotten used to the media’s um ah taking liberties with the facts about conservatives. What seemed offensive a few years ago we can laugh at now..


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