So concludes Karin McQuillan in a long essay published in the widely read and conservative American Thinker:
Seventeen states have had second thoughts, including New York, Florida, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Scott Walker is calling for repeal. Mike Huckabee now calls it a “frankenstandard.” Bobby Jindal is suing the federal government on the grounds that Common Core violates the 10th Amendment. Mitt Romney warns against the federal government using Common Core to “promote an agenda.”
“Alarm bells were going off in everyone’s district,” Michigan state Sen. Phil Pavlov said.
No alarms will wake Jeb Bush. He continues to use Common Core to brand himself a moderate and win good publicity in the mainstream media.
The fight over Common Core is nothing less than a fight for the future of our children and of our country. Our citizens do not want sneaky, unconstitutional federal control over our schools. We do not want our parents and teachers bullied by the power of private textbook and testing companies, out to make billions from this boondoggle. We do not want American children made the prey of activist liberals. We do not want them deprived of a quality education in reading, math, and history.
We do not want our children taught to hate learning and hate America. Not in our country.
Jeb Bush is still a champion of Common Core.
McQuillan’s essay contains some of the familiar concerns regarding leftist curriculum, but such content was being advanced before Common Core and high stakes testing – and when control of public schools was still actually local. Found “quaint” from former New York City school chancellor Joel Klein, local control delivered curriculum which reflected the demographics and values of the communities they served. Simply put, red districts – like mine served as stewards over textbooks. Parochial schools the same, and so on.
How quaint indeed.
Jeb Bush finds this quaint, too. And aside from Ohio governor John Kasich, who is demonstrably confused on the relationship between Common Core and its relationship with local control, Bush is on the Common Core island by himself. American Thinker is popular among “likeliest-to-voters” and those whom identify with the Tea Party. Bush and his handlers can expect more such essays.