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Jeb Bush And The Common Core Debacle

During the first round of the 2016 GOP presidential debates, Jeb Bush was pressured by the moderators to explain his history of pushing for Common Core implementation across the country. In his statement, Bush said:

“I don’t believe the federal government should be involved in the creation of standards directly or indirectly, the creation of curriculum or content. It is clearly a state responsibility. I’m for higher standards…”

In his statement though, Bush avoided the specific answer the moderators wanted, which was whether or not he did or did not endorse the current Common Core curricula be adopted by various states. This isn't the first time Bush has dodged the question, back in December of 2014 Bush had this to say about the implementation of off a common curricula adopted by states:

"...Standards are different than curriculum...I would be concerned if we had a national curriculum influenced by the federal government. My God, I’d break out in a rash."

Here's why the way Bush phrased his response is so telling, he spent his portion of his answer time during the debate to state what Common Core is not instead of giving an actual answer. Bush simply stated these two known facts:

1) Common Core is not a federal standard of education

2) Common Core is not a product of the Department of Education

Even though he did say he was against the federal implementation of core curricula, he did say however that states did have the right to opt-in or opt-out of implementing a shared standard similar to other states . That's where he managed to slip in the answer to the question though, the proverbial devil in the details; Common core is a program which states can choose opt into, which he wants states to do as long as standards for students are high.

This should concern anti-Common Core activists, since one of the biggest issues is that the Department of Education did funnel a lot of federal money into states which chose to take part of Common Core, therefore providing a huge incentive without actually endorsing the program.

A key moment during this debate debacle was when Senator Marco Rubio responded to the former Governor's remarks:

“Here is the problem with Common Core. The Department of Education will never be satisfied. They will not stop with making it a suggestion. They will make it a mandate. In fact, what they will say to local communities is, 'You will not get federal money if you don't do things the way we want you to.' They will use Common Core and any other requirements that exist nationally to force it down the throats of our people in our states.”

Rubio's statement hit at the heart of the issue; its that even though this progressive policy isn't federally born, the money offered to states that adopt the system is what has influenced the culture of corruption we have been seeing throughout the country since its inception.

As of now, only two of the GOP candidates in the prime time debate stood strong against Common Core since the beginning, Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul . Ohio Governor John Kasich recently started to follow this wave by cutting all state spending to Common Core exams. The rest of the candidates on stage have all come to oppose Common Core, such as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker .

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Mynickelsworth
08/10/2015

I have a BA in Math and a BS in Engineering, and I have seen examples of the way Common Core teaches simple math. It is more complicated than Calculus. I had trouble even doing it for simple multiplication and division.
Believe me anyone who learns their 'math' by Common Core standards will never amount to anything in a job that requires any high school math as taught the proper way.
Common Core is a brainwashing down grade to make a generation of incompetents who will be dependent upon the federal government, that means they will be slaves.
Controlman is right. The Department of Education is deadly and Unconstitutional. Read Article I, Section 8 and Education, Health, Human Services, Agriculture, Energy, Labor, Housing & Urban Dev., nor Transportation (except designation of post roads). Only THREE Departments are mentioned in the Constitution, Treasury, Defense and Commerce (limited to intra-state only). All the others are Unconstitutional except you can cheat a little and say Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security are part of Defense.

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FJSmith
08/10/2015

Common Core math is based on Singapore math. The country of Singapore developed their math program because they wanted their students to perform better in math. They looked at what worked best in other countries. Their country now performs at the top tier of countries in math. Please view "Common Core Math Explained" by Dr. Raj Shah on the internet. The math is to help students understand true number sense, to be more flexible in their thinking in solving problems, to teach students to think, reason, make sense, and solve problems.

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controlman
08/09/2015

There was a need for the education grade levels to be the same in all states because students transferring in from a state that was ahead or behind the one they just moved to we're at a disadvantage. In order to do this we must do away with the federal department of education. This should have been done years ago. There many other federal departments and agencies that should be abolished but let's Start with education then IRS.

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snitzste
08/09/2015

Mr. Saltsman is all over this issue. Here is an example from my granddaughter's 5th grade science test on "How People Use Energy". #16. How do fossil fuels add to global warming? Ans. They release carbon dioxide. #20. Which of the following is a disadvantage of nuclear energy? Ans. It produces dangerous waste products. Despite the propaganda storm that global warming exists and is caused by man releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, there is no demonstrable scientific proof validating this claim. Nuclear waste is dangerous and that's why rigorous and redundant controls are in place to insure their safe handling. Nuclear accidents are almost non-existent.

Next we have a monograph "Smart Cars for Clean Air" followed by 10 questions. This must be in the CC language arts curriculum as it isn't labeled science. It lauds cars for making our lives easier, but then says, "... there is also no doubt that cars are killing our planet." It goes on to describe how cars cause air pollution, identifies the EPA and quotes their assertion that gas powered vehicles are the main cause of air pollution in the U.S. and the world. It further says it has been known since the 1900s by "some experts" that burning fossil fuels releases pollutants into the air and could damage the environment. One way to stop this pollution is to buy hybrid cars that run on both gasoline and electricity. "Studies show that we are now paying the price with out quality of air today. Those experts were right!" After another paragraph extolling the virtues of hybrid cars in some detail, we get this statement. "If everyone were required to drive a hybrid car, ... the amount of pollution from the use of gas would be hugely reduced. The government could make it a precondition that all new car owners buy hybrids." Then after more discussion of the virtues of hybrid cars, the monograph closes with this. "Hybrid cars are the best choice to reduce air pollution around the world. Transcontinental car manufacturers should be required to stop selling gas guzzling cars of yesteryear. Instead, they should sell hybrids at reasonable prices so that all people will be able to buy them. The future of our planet is at stake!"

SO THERE WE HAVE IT IN 5TH GRADE ... FOSSIL FUELS AND NUCLEAR ENERGY ARE BAD. GAS CARS POLLUTE THE AIR BUT HYBRID CARS DON'T. THE EPA (GOVERNMENT), SOME EXPERTS AND STUDIES SHOW THIS IS ALL TRUE. THE GOVERNMENT COULD REQUIRE EVERYONE TO DRIVE A HYBRID CAR AND MAKE THEM AFFORDABLE SO EVERYONE COULD BUY ONE. THE FUTURE OF OUR PLANET IS AT STAKE. UNIFORMITY, SOCIALISM AND GOVERNMENT AS THE DECIDER ALL WRAPPED UP INTO ONE 5TH GRADE MONOGRAPH! CAN YOU SAY P_R_O_P_A_G_A_N_D_A ! There is no science here, no critical thinking, just pure indoctrination.

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BlufftonOrf
08/09/2015

Even if what he did state is true. We know, and HE knows as well, that once the Feds get their big toe into a new program, it never stops. It grows to out of control and eventually controls everything remotely concerning it. No thanks Jeb. We'll go with the 10 th amendment and abolish the dept of education and leave education to the states at the local level. If we become dissatisfied, we can vote with our feet

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Henry Saltsman
08/09/2015

My experience with this Common Core States Initiative is deceptive, dishonest and borders on felonious. What we have experienced amounts to brainwashing, and does not teach anything except dependence on the Federal government, rather than self initiative. When a person is in a universe in which they are hearing the exact same ideas, the same arguments, the same limited amount of data repeatedly -- that is brainwashing. Education, on the other hand, is instructive, to be informed, to be enlightened with a firm understanding of concepts, ideas and principles imputed into the mind, principles consisting of arts, sciences, history, religion and moral behavior -- that is education. To educate children well is one of the most important duties of parents or guardians. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and make them fit for usefulness in their chosen station in life. Common core does not even remotely approach this agenda. To provide children a sound education in manners, arts and science, is of vital importance; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on the parents and guardians who, in any fashion, must not neglect these duties. When parents send their children to school, the school then becomes the guardian -- an extension of the home -- not the other way around. Phonics, and real history are not even taught, and in their place is a Chinese method of reading, and a pseudo-history is taught, and even that is incomplete in context. Common core testing is an absolute joke, and determines nothing of readiness for the access of work which leads to promotable futures; and college preparedness is fatally flawed as the most foundational requirements for a 4 year school are tragically not even close. Public education used to be mind expanding and now, thanks to Common Core, has become mind-limiting. Education today has become propaganda or something even worse, Indoctrination. Of course, one could not expose this cheating of our youth, without talking about liberalism and the media. What this Common Core system focuses on is the "dumbing down" of our children by treasonous educators; throughout the U.S. and more particularly here in California. Educators of today are themselves committing an act of war against American School children and intentionally dumbing down the nation. Not necessarily ordinary teachers -- but the bureaucrats are the criminals guilty of this "treason." I recall that back in 1983, President Ronald Reagan created the National Commission on Excellence In Education to investigate poor and sub-standard educational outcomes in America. The commission proclaimed in its report, "If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war." Well, I give credence to this "act of war" primarily because it was not imposed by foreigners, does not make it any less solemn. Dewey viewed our American educational system as the key-stone to dumbing down this entire nation, thus paving the way for his Socialist Utopia. Does this ring any bells? Socialism -- Obama -- Democrats far left utopia!!!! Slowly over many decades, so as to avoid the expected violent backlash from parents, teachers, and the tax paying American public. It has taken over a century to get to the dreadful, dismal, evil horrible results that we are receiving now, culminating with this Common Core "FEDERAL" Initiative. So, in addition to the treason perpetrated by Dewey and his fellow progressives, we could add fraud and extortion as crimes of the bureaucratic educators. The "whole-word" method of teaching our children to read has netted, an inability to form a compound sentence, an inability to read words consisting of five or more letters, an inability to compose an essay that requires punctuation and words that are not curse words and a communication skill lower than an eighth grade level. This performance is completely lack brain and sub-standard with respect to their educational opportunities in this Common Core, fraudulent system. They boast they are taking hundreds of billions of our dollars every year, telling everyone they are going to educate our youth, and the exact opposite is taking place, that is fraud. They are preventing our children from learning how to read, construct proper sentences, develop religious and gender identities plus much much more. One of the most obvious frauds being perpetrated behind the whole Common Core movement is that this was some sort of "State Standard Initiative." So the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers did play some nominal role in its development. Frankly, America needs to understand these are NOT states -- these are SPECIAL INTEREST lobbying groups, these are trade groups based in Washington D.C., (District of Corruption), and the Common Core testing is also Federally funded, drawing from the Race to the Top funds that originated with the Federal stimulus. Many teachers are aware that this is an absolute disaster, but those in positions of "superiority" are silencing them by threatening them with their very jobs. We need to shut down the entire Department of Education, and remove the paychecks of all the bureaucrats associated with it. Let the parents educate their own children and watch the international educational standard start rising again. Amen

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FJSmith
08/10/2015

Your post contains MANY falsehoods. I will deal with one of them. You state "Phonics...not even taught." I would refer you to all the Foundation Skills standards in grades kindergarten through 5th grade. There are MANY per grade. Here are a few: Kindergarten - "Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet." "Add or substitute individual sounds (phonemes) in simple, one-syllable words to make new words." 1st - "Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words." "Isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words." 2nd - "Know spelling-sound correspondences for additional common vowel teams." "Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes." 3rd - "Decode multisyllable words." "Identify and know the meaning of the most common prefixes and derivational suffixes." 4th - "Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words." "Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology (e.g., roots and affixes) to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context." There are many more standards for these grades. Please stop passing on misinformation.

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Dixie Flyer
08/10/2015

Bottom line, isn't Common Core a promoted theme by ghastly ghoul Chicago Weatherman Terrorist Bill Ayers and his spouse Dohrn and partner in Marxist evil and revolution! These two spoiled rich brats and their ghastly little crew of perp spoiled rich kids terrorized America in 70's and 80's bombing Federal Buildings across America and not only destroying Federal Buildings, but wounding and even killing a few Security Guards...Ayers is ghost writer for Obama's phony books and how he and his evil spouse and cohort escaped punishment for their crimes against their country is unbelievable, when the Rosenberg husband and wife team who passed info to Nazis were both executed in electric chair! Something very wrong that these two freaks have continued their evil Marxist Atheist Democratic liberal march around America! Ayers was the mentor of Common Core and pitiful Arnie Duncan Chicago dolt appointed by Obama has carried the torch as Obama and his gangs of ghouls continue their march to destroy America and destroying education is powerful!

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mudhead
08/10/2015

You are correct, and from the beginning, that is where it started. My experience with these fake academians and @$$ clowns began before CommonCore began, having an ill-conceived and illogical college cirrculum forced down college teachers under the name of iCarnegie. The bait was more money for everyone who went along with it, but it was put together by people no more interested in anything "better" than they were in anything for the good in training kids academically. You can find a lot of the background on the program's failure if you search caches. That's because the real background was quickly buried with standard search engine searches by the institution cronies who worked for the fiasco. It was an up hill battle to fight it from the beginning, of course. I was successful in the end in teaching good enough, logically progressive courses (as in progressing toward higher level courses) that iCarnegie finally died in our CS cirrculum, but I lost a lot of students in the period of time when the dean promoted it as an alternative at first). I had to rebuild from a disasterous attempt.
My university was one of the last the players, those intertwined with college roommates who fell for the money in their professional lives and lost at before shifting toward a bigger pot. That bigger pot was the federal government. People who were involved in that fiasco went straight for the new president, with whom they had aligned principles, and got the devil's backing. And they brought in their minions, none of who have a clue about child development, but were happy to jump on the bandwagon to get the money and powers the devil promised.
That's my biggest disappointment in Jeb Bush. Big government Republican (an oxymoron) or not, he should have the least bit of integrity to see the whole thing has been a scam since the beginning, or even by its current defition. How can he trust the people behind it any more than trusting any lying narcissist? That is so incredibly disappointing.

Maybe, just maybe, he will take the time to see how bad it is for families, for children, and for any level of future for our country. Maybe not. But before I'd say anything positive about him, I would have to see him abandon his support and expose the horrendous intent Common Core promotes.

Before anyone cares to disagree, they should do their research. This was the case. These were the people behind it. They had a major educational publisher they got to buy into it, with whom I've lost all respect. The people behind it are bad. They don't care about you and they only care to brainwash your kids and break their connection with you. I swear this on my own integrity. (Jesus said to do that, not to swear on God, BTW. You can look that up in the New Testiment.)

Hint at some of the players: attorney Charles Fishman and John Shumaker (of U.T.). Then look up Fishman's roommates in college. There you get into iCarnegie's inception. At one time it was bringing in $5 million. But after failure, that was to be pocket change.

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FJSmith
08/09/2015

I feel that when you talk about "the money offered to states that adopt the system..." and "the Department of Education did funnel a lot of federal money into states which chose to take part of Common Core." you are being partially deceitful.

The Race to the Top from which states received money never mentioned the words "Common Core" once. States were given money depending on their points in a 500 point scale. "Developing and adopting common standards" was worth 30 points. A state having or not having Common Core would not make the difference between a state receiving money and one not receiving money, since states could earn points in many other ways.

Virginia applied for Race to the Top funds, and they never signed on to the Common Core Standards. They did not receive funds, but neither did several states which did sign on to Common Core.

I feel you are giving people a wrong impression by what you are saying.

I will say, however, that your comments on Common Core are closer to reality than most FreedomWorks writers who have often strayed pretty far from facts.

As a reading teacher for kindergarten through 8th grade students, the Common Core Standards are a high set of standards which will be able to benefit many American children. It saddens me as a conservative that there is so many falsehoods being e-mailed around.

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mudhead
08/10/2015

I beg to differ on the "high standards". Maybe "different standards" is all comonCore merits.
And what about the wedge it brings upon parents and their children in any perception of "helping my kids with their homework"? That is undeniable.

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DonfromWalton
08/09/2015

“Jeb Bush’s education foundation releases donor list a day after his tax returns,” by Ed O’Keefe: “A large number of contributions came from for-profit education companies, including Apex Learning; Pearson; Charter Schools USA; VSCHOOLZ; News Corp.; Microsoft; Intel; and K12 Inc. Of these companies, News Corp. — which has digital education properties — was most generous, giving six-figure sums in at least three years.

Do theses companies support Common Core?
Apex Learning - Yes
Pearson - Yes
Charter Schools USA - Yes
VSCHOOLZ - Yes
News Corp. - Yes
Microsoft - Yes
Intel - Yes
K12 Inc. - Yes
(Googled each company to verify)

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mudhead
08/10/2015

Amen.

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DonfromWalton
08/09/2015

“Jeb Bush’s education foundation releases donor list a day after his tax returns,” by Ed O’Keefe: “A large number of contributions came from for-profit education companies, including Apex Learning; Pearson; Charter Schools USA; VSCHOOLZ; News Corp.; Microsoft; Intel; and K12 Inc. Of these companies, News Corp. — which has digital education properties — was most generous, giving six-figure sums in at least three years.

Do theses companies support Common Core?
Apex Learning - Yes
Pearson - Yes
Charter Schools USA - Yes
VSCHOOLZ - Yes
News Corp. - Yes
Microsoft - Yes
Intel - Yes
K12 Inc. - Yes
(Googled each company to verify)

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