Politicians Attacking Common Core Are Just Pandering
Politicians’ explanations for abandoning their support for Common Core, “border on the absurd,” says Campbell Brown, former NBC News anchor and founder of the Partnership for Educational Justice. “A basic lesson in recent history shows why [Louisiana Governor Bobby] Jindal’s conversion appears so disingenuous,” Brown says, noting in the Washington Post that Gov. Jindal remained a supporter of Common Core long after the Obama administration tied Race to the Top funds to the initiative. “Did it really take him more than four years to discover that the federal government was involved? Maybe that alone should disqualify him from being a serious presidential candidate,” Brown writes.
Gov. Chris Christie faces similar problems explaining his flip-flop. “All this, of course, is not about education. Or facts…The unpopularity of the initiative with segments of the public has been caused by rough implementation in some states and the tests linked to the standards. That frustration is legitimate and can be addressed. But abandonment of the initiative for political reasons is craven,” Brown says. “So here’s some advice for people running for office: If you want to campaign against core standards, perhaps you should try having core standards of your own first.”
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Brown added, “Much of the opposition to Common Core is based on absolute falsehoods. Common Core is not a federally mandated curriculum…When they make a mockery of an issue as critical as this by playing games, it’s upsetting.”
Watch the Morning Joe clip here: