Karen Nussle to Gov. Christie: Tell It Like It Is
Karen Nussle, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success, took to the pages of Education Post to respond to Gov. Chris Christie’s flip-flop on Common Core.
Just ‘Tell It Like It Is,’ Chris Christie: The Standards Are Working
By Karen Nussle
A crowded field of Republican presidential hopefuls has some candidates doing cartwheels to appeal to voters, shamelessly recanting past beliefs to curry favor with some of their base. The latest example is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s recent call to review the Common Core State Standards.
This is a toothless announcement in that it changes very little about New Jersey’s academic standards. But what’s counterintuitive is that the move may also prove a bad political gamble.
For starters, Gov. Christie’s reversal sends a mixed signal to teachers, students and parents. Less than two years ago, the governor, who professes to “tell it like it is,” did not mince words when affirming his commitment to the Common Core. “We are doing Common Core in New Jersey and we’re going to continue,” he said then.
Continue reading this op-ed at Education Post.