On Tuesday, February 10, a segment of the always-good All-star panel on “Special Report with Bret Baier” broke down presumptive presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s stance on Common Core. Bush said having a “baseline” of federal accountability matters, and insisted that could exist simultaneously with complete local and state control over education policy.
The panel didn’t buy it. Even the liberal Powers didn’t accept Jeb’s premise, and gave him points for standing up for his principle of more federal control of education policy via Common Core.
Both George Will and Charles Krauthammer’s points were excellent, but Will had the luck to go first and make this excellent point:
The problem on Common Core is his critics are talking past one another. He thinks people are objecting primarily to the contents of the standards. There is some of that. But most people feel as I do who oppose Common Core. I don’t care if the standards are written by Aristotle, perfected by Shakespeare, approved by Newton, and endorsed by Jefferson. They are wrong because they are the thin end of an enormous federal wedge that will inevitably give you a standard to cause the textbooks to be aligned with the exams, and you will get a national curriculum which is forbidden by law that will come in by stealth and indirection.
Bingo. Watch the video below. It’s well worth four minutes of your time.