Jeb Bush: States that want out of Common Core need to raise standards
Jeb Bush continues his campaign in defense of Common Core with a piece today in Human Events. He offers a challenge to states that have wobbled (Florida included) on the academic standards:
- If state leaders don’t like Common Core, they should embrace the challenge of raising their standards even higher. Common Core is merely the new floor of English and math requirements. But, states that opt out of Common Core must be intellectually honest and adopt assessments that allow for true comparability between states. I will be the first person in line to support a state’s right to adopt its own unique higher standards, as long as they are rigorously assessed and transparently reported.
- This is not to say that Common Core standards do not deserve civil, informed debate. They do. I too fear federal overreach in education, but don’t believe a state-originated solution represents that. If President Obama proposed a national curriculum, I would join millions of Americans in defeating that dangerous, misguided approach. However, the current dialogue has been dragged down by unrelated, and in some cases manufactured, issues. Common Core standards don’t change data privacy policies, don’t harm parental choice and don’t dictate what books kids are assigned to read or how teachers teach.
- Let’s be clear. A lot of the fight over Common Core standards is political. Meanwhile, in states across the country, we have huge swaths of the next generation of Americans who can’t do math or can’t read. Their expectations in their own lives are too low and they are destined to never realize their full God-given potential.
The full column is here.