Jeb Bush Calls Common Core a “Truth Serum”

Miami Herald political reporter Marc Caputo was in attendance this week when Jeb Bush spoke to 900 business leaders in Broward county. Bush made these comments on education policy:

Aside from immigration, Bush’s advocacy for Common Core State Standards has earned him enmity on the right.

Bush has repeatedly explained the standards, implemented and controlled by the states, are designed to make the United States more competitive with the rest of the world. He said those who oppose the standards support the “status quo,” oppose testing and are worried too much about children’s self-esteem.

“Let me tell you something. In Asia today, they don’t care about children’s self esteem. They care about math, whether they can read – in English – whether they understand why science is important, whether they have the grit and determination to be successful,” Bush said.

“You tell me which society is going to be the winner in this 21st Century: The one that worries about how they feel, or the one that worries about making sure the next generation has the capacity to eat everybody’s lunch?”

Bush touted Florida’s educational improvement as a model for the nation.

In a comment that could equally apply to his position on education as it could to a candidate for president, Bush said more needs to be done.

“The minute you kind of pull back and say ‘We can rest on our laurels’ is the first day of your decline,” he said.

Caputo also tweeted that Bush called Common Core a “truth serum.”

Bush’s hubris has no limits and he is blind to the reality that his signature initiative isn’t evidence based. His arrogance and certitude  is actually frightening in that Bush so often enjoys final say on education policy in so many quarters. But such examples of irresponsible rhetoric thankfully serve to discredit him.




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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4 Responses to Jeb Bush Calls Common Core a “Truth Serum”

  1. Mike Archer says:

    To see why #RTTT & #CommonCore exist, see Joanne Weiss quote way down in this —>

    Joanne Weiss, Duncan’s former chief of staff and head of the Race to the Top grant program, which effectively made adoption of the Common Core a condition for federal grants, described how it is opening up huge new markets for commercial exploitation:

    The development of common standards and shared assessments radically alters the market for innovation in curriculum development, professional development, and formative assessments. Previously, these markets operated on a state-by-state basis, and often on a district-by-district basis. But the adoption of common standards and shared assessments means that education entrepreneurs will enjoy national markets where the best products can be taken to scale.

  2. Mike Archer says:

    So all the hooey from Bush, Rhee, Duncan, etc. is nothing more than a smokescreen for marketing. No wonder it’s not evidence-based.

  3. Autumn Moon says:

    As we here…..follow the $. It is all about making money off our kids.

  4. Wiz says:

    Just more of the same misleading words of politicaians. Remeber one politicians famous words of “We’ve got to pass it to find out what’s in it.” Sounds like a trojan horse to me. Every parent with children in public schools had better do some deep research and I believe you will find that this is a continuation of Obama control and complete control of school system, pupils and parents. Wake up people and understand they want to control everything. Do you know what marshall law is? You may find out very soon. Be careful what you wish and vote for.

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