Former Education Sec. Bill Bennett Talks Common Core on Fox News Sunday
Former Sec. Bill Bennett appeared on Fox News Sunday to speak to the facts about Common Core, swatting down fear-mongering myths as he did so. In his appearance, Bennett says Common Core has been “vilified because there is a tremendous amount of misinformation about Common Core.” “A whole mythology has been built up around Common Core,” Bennett says.
Appearing opposite Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Sec. Bennett said of Common Core, “They are state standards for math and reading by grade. That’s all they are…they say kids should focus on arithmetic in the early grades, learn how to count, multiply, divide and subtract, and in reading, they should emphasize phonics, the meaning of words and good clear expression.”
Bennett made the point that prior to Common Core, states had a “Lake Woebegone effect,” where about 85% of students graduated high school as “proficient” but only about 40% were deemed so at the college level. Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace points out the nine states with the highest rankings in education are implementing Common Core. Bennett ends by saying prior to CCSS, parents were given a dishonest assessment of how their children were doing. “Why not a voluntary basis of agreement for assessment…That’s why the states that are using them will continue to rise to the top.”
Learn more about Common Core at The Common Core Fact Checker.