Monday, February 02, 2015

Texas Governor Greg Abbott: Federal Government imposing ‘one-size-fits-all’ standard with Common Core

Texas Governor Greg Abbott had a very interesting discussion with former Education Secretary and popular talk show host Bill Bennett. Abbott noted the federal government is trying to impose a ‘one-size-fits-all’ standard on the states with Common Core.

“We will improve our schools from the bottom up by allowing teachers to excel, by increasing parental involvement, by engaging students. The best way to do that is not with these one-size fits all mandates from Washington, D.C., or even from Austin, Texas, but instead giving flexibility at the local level, starting with building a strong foundation,” Abbot said.

Bennett then tried to use the same tired argument that there are a bunch of myths concerning Common Core.

“I’ve been for those principles since before Gov. Abbott was born,” Bennett said.

“Using Secretary Bennett’s words, there is an intellectual deficiency, and it was shown by the professor at Stanford who was the only person on the Common Core committee looking at mathematics, and that professor said that the mathematics portion of the common core will set students back in the United States of America instead of moving them forward. Again, the more we find out about Common Core, the more problematic it becomes,” Abbott responded.


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