Jeb Bush provided talking points on Common Core today at CPAC 2015, and only talking points. His point? Common Core is not a “federal take-over, and it should not be a federal take-over.” Easy to say. Impossible to demonstrate.
The federal government has no role in the creation of curriculum and content. The federal government should have no access to student I.D. or student information. ~ Jeb Bush
Partial CPAC 2015 transcript follows some commentary directly below.
The question for Jeb is, who is behind writing the standards? He wasn’t asked, but here is an answer:
2007, David Coleman and Jason Zimba found Student Achievement Partners. They received $6.5 million from the Gates Foundation (yes, Bill Gates) to write Common Core Standards. Coleman’s focus is on literacy, Zimba’s on math. Coleman is also the head of the College Board.
Retired Stanford Professor James Milgram served as the only content expert on the math validation committee:
For example, by the end of fifth grade the material being covered in arithmetic and algebra in Core Standards is more than a year behind the early grade expectations in most high achieving countries. By the end of seventh grade Core Standards are roughly two years behind. Read more.
If you follow the link above you will see Milgram describes the Common Core math as a “political document” of “low expectations.”
Here’s a math quote from Jason Zimba that should raise the hair on your arms:
A key Common Core creator, Jason Zimba, said that the Common Core can prepare students for non-selective colleges but that it does not prepare students for STEM careers. He said: “I think it’s a fair critique that it’s a minimal definition of college readiness… but not for the colleges most parents aspire to… Not only not for STEM, it’s also not for selective colleges. For example, for U.C. Berkeley, whether you are going to be an engineer or not, you’d better have precalculus to get into U.C. Berkeley.” Source: What Is Common Core
Do you want Bill Gates’ man to write the history lessons for your child? David Coleman is not a teacher. In addition, Microsoft benefits financially from every aspect of Common Core. More here.
As to the human data-sets (your child’s personal information) that Jeb is against the government getting into, they are into it, and include such things as hair color, eye color, gestational age at birth, blood type, blood test results, birth marks, and even bus stop arrival time. Read it at PJ Media.
If your state has opted out of Common Core, as mine has, where are the text books coming from?
Begin partial transcript, CPAC 2015, Jeb Bush interview with Sean Hannity:
HANNITY: The second big issue that always comes up when you read about Governor Jeb Bush is the issue of Common Core. It was interesting. I didn’t know until I was researching you that you were the first governor to institute vouchers in the country, was eventually overruled by the Supreme Court of Florida. Address the Common Core Issue.
BUSH: I’ll do it in the context of comprehensive reform because high standards, by themselves, are meaningful, they’re helpful, they’re better than lower standards, but by themselves, there is no accountability around this, if there is no accountability around this, if there is no consequence for mediocrity and failure or excellence, then the system won’t move forward. In Florida we took a comprehensive approach.
Yes, we did have the first state-wide voucher program, and we have more school choice in Florida, both public and private than in any state in the country, and we have the largest virtual school. We have the largest corporate tax scholarship program. We have 30,000 students, that if their parents–if their child has a learning disability, they can take the dollars–the state and local dollars, and send them to any private school of their choice. We have all of that, and public schools. We eliminated social promotion in third grade, which was a pretty difficult thing to do. We did all this, and we raised standards.
My belief is that our standards have to be high enough, that a student going through our system is college or career ready, and that’s not what’s happening right now.
HANNITY: Is Common Core a federal take-over?
BUSH: No, and it shouldn’t be. Here’s where I think conservatives, and I think myself, all of us are deeply concerned with this president and this Department of Education, there’s a risk that they will intrude and they have, as it relates to Race to the Top. What we should say quite clearly and the authorization of the K-12 law–I think it might actually have been on the floor in the House of Representatives today, is to say, the federal government has no role in the creation of standards, directly or indirectly. The federal government has no role in the creation of curriculum and content. The federal government should have no access to student I.D. or student information. The role of the federal government, if any, is for more school choice.
Take the Title 1 money, and the IDEA money. The state’s want to innovate with their own programs–give them the money to let them create their own programs. That is a better approach. End partial transcript.
Are you aware that the foundation of Common Core rests on “education debt,” “education equity,” and “social justice?”