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,’

    and,

    ‘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.

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

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

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  • 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.

  • 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

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

    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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Laura Northcutt

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

  • Laura Northcutt

    Please watch Governor Huckabee explain his position on 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!!

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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 ]