New Common Core Talking Point: Obama Derangement Syndrome is Driving Conservative Opposition


Scathing Purple Musings was critical of Charlie Crist’s unwavering support for common core standards (CCSS). Part of Crist’s justification included this little jab at conservative opponents:

Tea party and other outliers have called for a rejection of these standards because they were promulgated under the umbrella of a “national” effort. Truth be told, their opposition probably has less to do with education than the fact the standards, started under President George W. Bush, were finalized while President Barack Obama was in office.

Where did Crist get that angle? Maybe from a conservative cheerleader for CCSS. Consider this:

Michael Petrilli travels the nation speaking about Common Core and listening to concerns in his role as executive vice-president of Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a right-leaning education think tank.

“About 90 percent of the concerns I hear are about the federal role in incentivizing states to adopt the standards, especially since Barack Obama won the last election,” Petrilli said. “A lot of tea party people don’t trust him on other issues, and that has bled over to Common Core. We’d be seeing a different argument if Romney had won.”

So a sort of Obama Derangement Syndrome is clouding the judgement of conservatives whom oppose Core, eh? Are those the talking points?  Petrilli apparently filters opposition and selects only what supports his position. He makes no mention of concerns with data mining.

Moreover, Petrelli is engaging in a bit of revisionist history. The 2012 RNC platform – written before the election – included wording that they  “do not believe in a one size fits all approach,” and clarifies “the need to repeal the numerous federal regulations which interfere with State and local control of public schools.” And yes, this began during the Bush administration.  Common Core’s proponents frequently blame “misinformation” but never clarify what that “misinformation” actually is.

Are we witnessing another break down of education reform propaganda? It was easy to keep conservatives on board when Jeb Bush or Michelle Rhee just whispered “unions.” . Crist can get away with such hyperbole, but a guy like Petrilli can’t. Neither can the rest of the Core gang.

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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