Tea Party tries to rally Republicans against bi-partisan education standards overhaul

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Tea Party groups say they’re urging Republican governors to rethink supporting a bipartisan plan backed by President Obama to overhaul U.S. public schools…

“This is the issue that could change things for the Tea Party movement,” said Lee Ann Burkholder, founder of the 9/12 Patriots in York, Pa., which rallied 400 people to a recent meeting to discuss working against Common Core.

The White House has promoted Common Core, written by governors and state education officials in both parties and largely funded by the private Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to create consistent math and reading standards from kindergarten through 12th grade nationwide. The standards don’t dictate curriculum; states would determine the curriculum and how to prep students for standardized tests based on Common Core.

The standards have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia and are to be implemented by 2014.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican facing re-election next year, told the Post, “We didn’t see it coming with the intensity that it is, apparently all across the country.”

Supporters have expressed concern that a drop in state participation could weaken potential benefits, such as the ability to compare student test scores across states, while creating logistical hurdles for school districts developing curriculum and training teachers, the Washington Post said…

No surprise that a Georgia Republican craps his drawers when Noodnik Know-Nothings threaten him.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan voiced frustration with opposition over Common Core last week while on Capitol Hill, the Post said. He rejected comments by U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., that many of his constituents groused that federal money was used to “bribe” states to accept a “federal takeover of curriculum.”

“It’s not a black helicopter ploy and we’re not trying to get inside people’s minds and brains,” Duncan said.

Of course, trying to establish useful standards for education nationwide – instead of populist slogans – always threatens rightwingers who fear educated citizens almost as much as democracy or civil rights.

Surely they can find some way to include guns and religion into their desperate last-minute shriek.

5 thoughts on “Tea Party tries to rally Republicans against bi-partisan education standards overhaul

  1. Jeff Nguyen says:

    Just because they’re nutty, doesn’t mean the Tea partyers aren’t sometimes right. Arne Duncan and sycophants such as Rahm Emmanuel in Chicago have done more to damage public education, its teachers and its unions than Bush ever could. Race to the Top was most definitely a “bribe” to entice cash-starved states to take the federal “carrot” that will be followed by the “stick” in the form of more school closings and increased privatization. Obama sold out public education long ago when he refused to put on his comfortable pair of shoes and walk the line with teachers in Wisconsin when they occupied the capitol of the “right-winger” Governor Scott Walker.

    • moss says:

      Criticizing a mediocre plan is worthwhile. “Criticism” based on opposition to public education, federal standards, a united national minimum for accomplishments – is neither useful nor constructive.

      These pricks would abolish teachers’ unions and replace existing programs with the “freedom” to require creationist-level crap.

      Many folks among the regulars here criticize Obama/Democrat failings. I still don’t consider Michelle Bachman to be on my side.

  2. Rebecca says:

    There was no governor on the panel that wrote Common Core. Look deeper – to the bored Ph.D’s with nothing to do but mess with the lives of America’s students by creating yet another hoop for them (and their beleagured teachers) to jump through.Read the article through the link I am putting in and you will find who and why Americans are spending $4 billion to transition to something no one knows will work:
    http://www.schoolsmatter.info/2012/04/david-colemans-global-revenge-and.html

    David Coleman knows about as much about education and teaching (and learning) as I know about DNA research.

    • moss says:

      Ad hominem assaults don’t add a whole boatload to the discussion. Credentials are worth less than content and I would have found criticism of line-item proposals to be useful.

      Agreed, TeaPublican populism is way less valuable than pedantry about pedagogy. I’d still prefer to learn more of current discussion among teachers.

  3. S.B. says:

    Before this is dissected and discussed at length, it should be worth noting the extremely high likelihood that Tea Party groups are opposing this because Obama and/or Democrats in general are in favor of it, not because of any deep understanding or concern about the proposal itself. These people were, no doubt, largely in favor of NCLB, etc. There’s plenty of room for criticism here, but this is knee jerk “if Obama’s for it, I’m against it” opposition at its most obvious.

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