Former Reagan Education Secretary Touts Common Core
By DAVE SOLOMON
MANCHESTER — Former Education Secretary Bill Bennett, whose conservative credentials go back to the Reagan administration, brought his national campaign in support of Common Core to New Hampshire on Thursday, telling Union Leader editors and reporters the national educational standards are necessary because states lie about how well students are doing in school.
| About William J. Bennett
William J. Bennett is one of America’s most important, influential and respected voices on cultural, political, and education issues. Over the course of his professional life, in education, government and the private sector, Dr. Bennett has succeeded in a trifecta of American institutions. He is an award-winning professor in academia, having taught at Boston University, the University of Texas and Harvard; he is a three-time confirmed executive in the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations including holding two cabinet-level positions, Secretary of Education under Ronald Reagan and the Nation’s first Drug Czar under the first President Bush; and he is the host of the number seven ranked nationally syndicated radio show, Morning in America, heard on over 200 stations nationwide with a weekly audience of more than 2.5 million listeners. Read full bio.
|About Common Core
Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in Mathematics and English/Language Arts. In 2009, state governors and state leaders in education came together with the goal of ensuring that all students had the knowledge and skills necessary to either enter college or a career upon graduation. They sought to create standards, or learning goals, that outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. The curriculum to reach those goals is determined by the states.Since 2010, 43 states, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have adopted the standards.