Mike Huckabee advocates for “rebranding” Common Core

As the Common Core standards face mounting opposition in many states, supporters of the standardized math and reading standards are now looking to “rebrand” that “toxic” program. One of the chief advocated for this rebranding mission is none other than former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.

The Washington Post reports:

In the face of growing opposition to the Common Core State Standards — a set of K-12 educational guidelines adopted by most of the country — officials in a handful of states are worried that the brand is already tainted. They’re keeping the standards but slapping on fresh names they hope will have greater public appeal.

At a recent meeting of the Council of Chief State School Officers, one of the organizations that helped create the standards, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) urged state education leaders to ditch the “Common Core” name, noting that it had become “toxic.”

“Rebrand it, refocus it, but don’t retreat,” said Huckabee, now the host of a Fox News talk show and a supporter of the standards.

The Post goes onto say the changes to Common Core will be largely superficial – like assigning a new label to the standards. In Arizona, for example, Gov. Jan Brewer (R) used an executive order to remove the name “Common Core.” In Iowa, the Common Core is now referred to as “The Iowa Core.”

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Huckabee’s comments are particularly strange when you consider the tone of a Facebook post he penned in December:

“…I don’t support what Common Core has become in many states or school districts. I’m dead set against the federal government creating a uniform curriculum for any subject; I oppose the collection of personal data on students that would identify them and track them and any effort to give that personal information to the federal government. I am steadfast in my belief that parents should ultimately decide the best venue for their children’s education, whether public schools, private schools, religious schools or home-schools. I believe education is a local or state function — not a federal one…”

“Well, that’s fine, Mike, but you can’t say you have dead set against Common Core and then say just rebrand it in a secret meeting,” Glenn concluded. “It’s a problem. Just want to bring that up.”

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • Anonymous

    Matthew 4:1-11

    4 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

    4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”[a]

    5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:

    ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’


    ‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
    Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”[b]

    7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”[c]

    8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

    10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you,[d] Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”[e]

    11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

    Politics is of satan and by satan,…

    Should we even bother with politics? I’ll let you decide, but for me the answer is a resounding no!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Revan

    Mike Huckabee is one of them.

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    • Vote for Truth

      Mike Huckabee is hated by the GOP Establishment, so he is NOT one of them! Read my posts above for the explanation about what Huckabee believes. It is Glenn Beck who is the liar telling people that Huckabee supports Common Core when he has been told the truth about Huckabee, but for his own hatred of Huckabee is telling these lies. Read what Huckabee says in his own words about Common Core: http://mikehuckabee.com/2014/2/common-core-is-dead

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Revan

    Speaking of Woody Alan why does Barbra Walters keep defending liberal creeps?

  • Anonymous

    Common Core is an insidious illegal federal program aimed at reprogramming the minds of our youth. It was instilled illegally and should immediately be stopped to save the lives of our descendants and country.

  • Anonymous

    This is disgusting. I used to have a lot of respect for Huckabee. Now we know he is just another RINO. Why would anybody promote common core by any name.

    • Vote for Truth

      Mike Huckabee does NOT support Common Core and Glenn Beck knows it but because he doesn’t like Mike Huckabee he keeps telling these lies! I live in Indiana and Gov. Pence was the first Gov to stop using Common Core. Mike Huckabee meant to have the same ideas of achieving high excellence in Education, but NOT using Common Core. In Indiana we will have new education program and it will be named something. The name Common Core is NOW associated with the Federal Program, so Huckabee said to changethe name, but not give up the high standards we want our children to achieve. NOT Common Core standards! Yes, Mike Huckabee was among the original Governors to like Common Core when it ORIGINALLY came out which was only to affect math and science and be controlled locally by the school board or parents. Then, the Federal Government took over Common Core and wanted to change the whole curriculum and make it a socialist program run by the Federal Government. Mike Huckabee has NEVER supported the Federal Government controlling our children’s education and NEVER will in the future. Please read the following link where Huckabee explains his feelings about Common Core himself:


  • Anonymous

    There goes Glenn again, not letting Stu make his point since Glenn’s is the one who knows all.

    • Anonymous

      Yes he is and you should listen lest you fall into the arms of the EvilOne –who happens to be running the country

      • Anonymous

        I’m well aware that satan is ruining and corrupting this world. What I worry about is people like you who may need wisdom and some discernment and not take anyone at face value, that’s exactly how the anti-Christ will rise to power. Be cautious and sometimes you may have to read between the lines . God bless you and all of us. Glenn’s a good guy, but I don’t think he is the be all and end all.

  • Anonymous

    Hey mike did why did you key them get to you? Why are you turning into a rino?!

    • Vote for Truth

      Mike Huckabee is NOT a RINO. He was Governor of Arkansas for 10 1/2 yrs. Two years after he left office as Governor, there was poll taken in Arkansas and Mike Huckabee won over 65% approval. I guess the people in Arkansas who knew Mike Huckabee and why he made the decisions he did and yet THEY thought he was a good Governor.

  • Onepoint

    Huckabee showed his character in the 08 campaign. He is a progressive.

  • Linda Hamilton

    I have a grandson in high school, and I can’t believe what they are doing in the schools. The school he goes to has no books for him to use, and are slamming him with homework every night. He is so stressed. I say let the teachers teach, give all students the books they need, and above all put prayer back in school. Need help Linda Hamilton Knoxville,TN

  • Anonymous

    This is blowing me away. If this is indeed the case, and it seems to be, I have just lost total respect for Huckabee.

    • Laura Northcutt

      Please watch Governor Huckabee explain his position on Common Core http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ptk4eCfpEWU

      • Click Click

        Thank you for posting the link that shows Huckabee’s true stance on Common Core. He explained perfectly what he means by “rebranding” Common Core and hasn’t changed his position on the matter. Huckabee wants what Common Core originally was designed for, not the form it’s currently morphed into and was corrupted by the federal government.

        Leave it to Glenn Beck to use a Washington Post article to ruthlessly attack and condemn Huckabee, completely ignoring Huckabee’s actual stance and explanation. I guess Glenn feels the need to torpedo Huckabee’s early support for a 2016 Presidential run. Beck can’t stand Huckabee not accepting Mormonism as part of mainstream Christianity and will forever have a grudge against Huckabee.

        It’s just sad that a large portion of Glenn’s audience blindly follows and believes in what Glenn says, without doing their own fact checking… which is evident here in this comment section. It’s also a shame that Glenn can’t get over his “personal experience” with Huckabee and would rather attack him every chance he gets. As if dividing America wasn’t bad enough for Glenn, he now wants to divide the Republican party and even those not in office, like Huckabee. I used to have a lot of respect for Glenn, but not anymore.

        • Anonymous

          How can you believe anything
          Huckabee says when Bill Gates, the person “they” the Governors picked
          to be in charge of Common Core curriculum, signed a cooperative agreement with
          UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) back
          in Nov 2004, to create a global education system, with UN approval that is,
          UNESCO mandates or Non Governmental Organizations: 1) downplay nationality in
          teaching, less children identify too strongly with their own country, 2) teach
          peace as defined by the UN as more than the absence of war requiring social
          equity, 3) teach sustainable development, 4) teach global to global activism,
          5) execute the objectives and report back to UNESCO! George Bush
          signed the U.S. into UNESCO back in 2003, Gates signed in 2004……this is
          just the beginning! Jeb Bush, founded Educational for Excellence, funded
          by who? Bill Gates….. and was brought in for bipartisan support to push
          common core……Huckabee was the president of the National Governor’s
          Assn, Jul 15, 1996 – Jan 09, 2007, and Gates signed this UNESCO agreement
          in 2004…Huckabee would have known about Gates’ curriculum teaching “globalism”
          instead of nationalism…….he says it was something else when it started? He’s a liar or an idiot….You decide.

          • Vote for Truth

            Bill Gates was not involved in Common Core until the Federal Government took it over from the Governors Association, which is where Huckabee was involved, NOT at the Federal level. Huckabee NEVER wanted the Federal Government controlling our school education and NEVER will.

  • Fat Lip

    There will be many anti-Christ’s amongst you beware they will come in my names sake but they are not of me . Jesus Christ 2014 yrs ago

    • Vote for Truth

      Sounds like Glenn Beck because he talks about Jesus, but the Mormon’s don’t believe in the same Jesus as Chrisitians. Mike Huckabee is a true solid Christian who does not change his feelings no matter who else believes things like gay marriage. He is honest and can be trusted. Obviously, Glenn Beck cannot be trusted because he is lying about Huckabee. Several of Huckabee’s supporters sent Beck the truth about what Huckabee believes, but the truth doesn’t fit in with what Beck wants people to believe about Huckabee. Read this link of what Huckabee says in his own words:

  • Anonymous

    If Common Core is so good, let’s have the government, all offices, all states use the math program to show us how good it is, and teach us by example.

    Now, no electronic devices, please, because we need to show our children how to do it, and just how good it is. Then once we all are using it, the programmers of those electronic devices can redo them, using that oh-so-wonderful mathematical process to make them work oh-so-much better.

    Besides the sarcasm, has anyone tried to use it? Even though I am 76 years young, I would like to find a textbook that teaches it. Or does it come only from indoctrinated classroom teachers?

    That is just the math portion of CC. What else? Emasculated and rewritten history? Which minority will get the go-ahead to be the subject of our rewritten history? I would bet the Middle East tribes would get a standing ovation on this at some point, maybe just after the South-of-the-border contingent.

    What? You aren’t fluent in Spanish yet? Better work on it, as it is everywhere already. “Push one for Spanish, push two for English….”

    Aaaahhh, I’ve gotta quit. This sarcasm is taking my spirit down.

    Laus Deo

  • Anonymous

    Is Huckabee just now coming out as a RINO?

  • Click Click

    Why is Glenn Beck being such a hypocrite? Just last week, he “stood with” Huckabee when the liberal media lied about what Huckabee said at the RNC and made a big deal about it. Now, Glenn is doing the same exact thing he “stood against” by taking a tiny section out of the extremely liberal Washington Post article and using it against Huckabee.

    How and from whom did the Washington Post get that quote from? Where is the video or sound clip of Huckabee saying these things? Do you even know exactly what Huckabee said? As we all found out, it’s really easy to make stuff up, take things completely out of context, edit out portions of a speech, and even lie on national television about the things Huckabee says. It’s funny how Glenn automatically takes the Post’s word for it, without fact checking and making sure the source of information was legit, before condemning Huckabee as an evil progressive and RINO.

    Could it be that the Post took Huckabee’s words completely out of context, just like what CNN and MSNBC did to him a week ago? Could it be that they’re lying just to make Huckabee look bad and ruin his early support for a potential Presidential run in 2016; just like what they’re doing to Christie? While I agree that Republicans that lost their way in Congress needs to be weeded out and replaced (so does Huckabee btw), what you’re doing here is counter to everything you say you stand for everyday. Don’t you see that you’re doing exactly what the liberals want? They want a divided Republican party and you’re helping them tear it apart.

    It’s also extremely hypocritical of Glenn to be preaching unity among conservatives and people that have the same beliefs, when he’s always attacking Huckabee. Beck has nothing else he can use against Huckabee except for when Huckabee had Michelle Obama on his show 1 time and gave credit to her for wanting to make school food healthier for kids to eat. Glenn keeps harping on that 1 issue he has with Huckabee and uses it as proof Huckabee is a progressive.

    When Glenn said how he had a “personal encounter” with Huckabee, he was referring to the 1 time they met and spoke at an airport a few years ago. Glenn spoke to Huckabee about Mormonism and Huckabee wouldn’t back down from his stance that Mormonism isn’t part of Christianity. Glenn held onto that conversation and will never forgive Huckabee for not giving in to his Baptist beliefs. See, when Glenn talks about God, Jesus, and his religion everyday on his own shows, it’s fine and dandy. But when Huckabee talks about his religion, it’s because Huckabee’s trying to play to the Christian base. At least that’s what Stu thinks about Huckabee…

    Funny how Glenn never mentions the first and only interview he had with Huckabee back when Glenn’s show was still on CNN’s Headline News Network. That was an amazing interview where Beck praised Huckabee non-stop, just like how Glenn is currently praising Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee. Man, Huckabee sure got corrupted and co-opted by those dirty Washington D.C. progressives these past few years. Oh wait, he never ran for or served in Congress.

    Maybe you should listen to and trust your good friends like David Barton, Glenn. Stop being a hypocrite, crucifying Huckabee just because he doesn’t accept your religion as part of his own. He’s no more of a progressive than your current lineup of “true conservatives” whom you cheerlead for on a daily basis. Maybe you should take your own advice and stop attacking conservatives who aren’t “ideologically pure” in every aspect in which you deem as conservative or libertarian. Who am I kidding? Glenn’s gonna keep doing what he does best: hypocritical Huckabee bashing.

    • Anonymous

      Do some research and you will see that Huckabee actually DID make these comments. It seems as if you’re confusing the point of this story, Mike Huckabee supporting Common Core, Mike Huckabee denouncing Common Core (12-2013), and Mike Huckabee supporting Common Core with another story of Mike Huckabee and Glenn Beck diagreeing about religion.

      • Click Click

        Actually, I have done my research. Have you done your research? I challenge you to link me to the full video or sound clip of Huckabee making these comments that Beck and Washington Post accuse him of making.

        Unlike you, I don’t believe everything Glenn says, especially when Beck’s source is a short portion of a biased / liberal Washington Post article. There’s no confusion. I take everything Glenn Beck says with a large grain of salt, when it comes to Huckabee bashing, because I know Glenn has a major grudge against Huckabee and other Republicans he bashes on a daily basis.

      • Vote for Truth

        The problem is that Huckabee mean the original Common Core that the Governors wanted which only was for math and language. Then the Federal Government took it over and made it a socialist program to indoctrinate our children in school. Mike Huckabee has NEVER wanted the Federal Government to be in control of what education our children get in school and NEVER will in the future. Huckabee can mean the original Common Core, but is enemies, like Glenn Beck, tel everybody he means the Federal Government Common Core. Read this link about what Huckabee said in his own words


    • insightful

      Thanks for pointing that out. I’ve heard him talk on his show about how Huckabee directly lied to him, to his face, but he never tells what he lied about. I think when you are accusing someone who is running for president of being such a liar on a national publicized radio show, you should tell the full account and let people judge for themselves. I also wonder what Andrew Wilkow said that offended him so much to get fired?

      Galatians 1:8 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

      For word of God Christians, it’s just offensive to others that you put the Word of God, or Bible first and foremost when it comes to any issues. So when the word of God states “no other gospel”, that’s what it means. Man shall live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

      Most Mormons I know I like, but they are like brainwashed against the word of God. Even people who used to be Mormons will tell you, you can’t believe the bible because it has too many errors or you can’t trust the translation.

      How can someone be saved after that? I’m not saying God can’t save them, I’m saying as Peter said you are being born again by the living word of God.

      23for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God

  • Goldie Williams

    I am against Common Core because it holds back the smart kids. I have a 12 year old that can do 8th grade math in 6th grade but they won’t let go to a 8th grade class.

    • Vote for Truth

      Absolutely, Common Core is NOT a good program. The Federal Govt Common Core is a socialist program and NOT what Huckabee wanted at all.

  • Laura Northcutt

    Please watch Governor Huckabee’s statement concerning Common Core. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ptk4eCfpEWU

  • Anonymous

    Rebranding is Progressive – call a duck, a duck – and let’s have the conversation Mr. Huckabee!!

    • Vote for Truth

      If you mean change the name of a new education program that is NOT Common Core is Progressive, then you are crazy. I live in Indiana and Gov. Pence was the first Gov. to get out of Common Core. He has a new education program that is not Common Core and it will be named something else because the name Common Core is associated with the Federal Govt program because they took it over.

  • Anonymous

    Here is a word from my friend, Gov. Mike Huckabee. It is sad that Glen Beck and others feel like it is their duty to hurt God’s man with their distortions of truth. The Bible speaks of times when eyes will be blinded and ears will be deaf to the truth. When that happens its like trying to convince those who believe LBJ killed JFK that he did not. Willful ignorance is a dangerous thing. Mike Huckabee’s words have been very consistent. He has always been for local state and local school board ruling and he has never ever been for a Federal mandate for Educational Standards or Curriculum. In fact, in 2008 the records show Mike Huckabee campaigning to downsize the Federal Department of Education if not totally abolish it. We are living in dangerous times when a Supreme Court Justice has spoken that we could see the Concentration Camps of WW II return. In times like this, we need a leader who is pro-life, believes in traditional values and believes in our USA Constitution. I pray for those who try to damage the candidacy of a good man whom I have known and supported for many years. For the eyes of those who want truth, here are Gov. Mike Huckabee’s words that he sent in answer to some of his friends on their questions –

    On Feb 4, 2014, at 5:36 AM, Mike Huckabee wrote:

    “I’ll try to reheat the soup yet again.

    1. Do I think there ought to be academic standards that are rigorous and challenging? Yes….it’s been a staple of conservatism to have high standards and not “dumb down” schools.

    2. The original intent of CC was to keep the feds from taking over; let states develop standards—STANDARDS—in 2 and only 2 subjects: Math and language. NO CURRICULUM was involved as that was to be developed by each state and/or local school board.

    3. Did CC get WAY off course? Yes. Feds got involved; CC got tied to things unrelated such as curriculum and data gathering. Became a total disaster.

    4. Speech at CCSS? Nothing complicated there—CC is toxic; needs to be scrapped; ditch the name and have states and locals get back to establishing standards and sever any involvement with collecting personal data on students (different than conducting longitudinal records of progress of the aggregate student scores for measuring purpose, but not tied to individual students or names).

    I think that covers it.

    Most states spend majority of general revenue on education. In Arkansas, it was 70% of general revenue—70%! Should we have accountability for how that much of taxpayer money is spent? Should we insist that what we expect from our students is comparable to students across the country so we don’t have a false sense of security that our scores are good when they really aren’t? I would think that’s a given. Schools have been allowed to serve junk and call it “excellence” and do it wasting the people’s money. Standards, measuring, and accountability are the 3 key components to tame the beast. CC went way off the track.”

  • Kevin Bumpus

    GLENN BECK!!! You should be ASHAMED! You are no better than CNN’s Dana Bash or NBC’s Kasie Hunt! You are obviously distorting the man’s (Gov. Mike Huckabee’s) views. Just yesterday from an interview in Salinas, KS, Gov. Huckabee talked at length (11 minutes) about education in America, mostly about Common Core (all but about 4 minutes in the middle▬ which was about the high cost of a college education) and none of it sounds anything like what you’re reporting here. I have to wonder what your agenda is in committing this kind of slander. See for yourself, folks (should be queued up at 15:31 when you navigate) !! >>

    [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4GtqkRX_ZM#t=931 ]

  • insightful

    What did Huckabee lie to Glenn Beck about?

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