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.