U.S. Education Secretary: Common Core not headed toward nationalized curriculum

Last Wednesday, nine Republican senators joined the outcry against Common Core by introducing a Senate resolution that states federal grants should not be tied to whether a state adopts what critics have described as de facto national standards. Following a speech at a National Governors Association gathering on Sunday, TheBlaze’s White House correpondant Fred Lucas asked U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan about the resolution and the assertion that Common Core is a precursor for a nationalized curriculum.

“I’m not familiar with that, but that’s simply not true,” Duncan told TheBlaze. “We’ve always supported high standards. That’s the key thing… almost 20 states dummied down standards on No Child Left Behind to make politicians look good. It’s one of the most silly things to happen to education. What you see here is governors showing tremendous leadership to their approach in raising standards.”

“You see again across the country 38 percent of kids… going to universities taking remedial classes,” he continued. “That’s not a good thing. The vast majority of states… are doing a good job of raising standards.”

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Glenn has been talking about the dangers of Common Core for nearly a year, and on radio this morning, Glenn, Pat, and Stu reacted to Duncan’s comments and TheBlaze report.

“TheBlaze had the opportunity to speak to Arne Duncan… Did you guys read the story,” Glenn asked. “I don’t even begin to understand it.”

“Yeah, I don’t either… He’s a liar,” Pat said. “It’s like here’s what he said, so it’s over. That’s the impression I got from the article anyway, because… [Duncan] denies that this is a national agenda…. He’s lying, and we just kind of take it at fast value.”

While Glenn and Pat were unhappy with TheBlaze’s report of the story, Stu pointed out that Fred Lucas’ job, as a journalist, was to get Duncan on the record. He is not supposed to add his opinion or make assumptions.

“But this story is, to me, more about getting him on record on something,” Stu explained. “I mean this is from Fred Lucas. He’s not putting opinion in this… He’s getting the quotes from the source, and it’s more on us to take apart how much he’s lying.

“Yes, you’re right,” Glenn conceded. “You know what I hate? I hate running an honest news organization. Because, you’re right, Stu, Fred is a news guy. He is not an opinion guy. So there shouldn’t be opinion there. Fred, thank you for doing your job.”

Read the entire report from TheBlaze HERE.

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • http://disqus.com/KJinAZ/ KJinAZ

    The Governors are not the ones pushing this. The example of “No Child left behind” is a GREAT example of why we don’t want another Federal Program to run our schools.

    Education is a State’s rights issue. We don’t need the Department of Education for anything!

  • Bonnie Somer

    amen the 10th amendment is what it is the govs need to use what they have. whomever believes Dept of Ed A. Duncan i have a moat w/some crocodiles to sell u like oh the people who have signed up for obama govt coercion care on a website not safe who does that

  • Phoenix Chronicles

    What has happened to education? What happened to truly teaching children for the sake of teaching children? When did children stop being regarded as children and individual human beings? When and why did they start being regarded as customers and their education a product? My mind’s eye sees an assembly line where kids are stamped out with a cookie cutter. It reminds me of the scene in the original cartoon of The Lorax when the tress were being pulled up and shoved into a machine and popped out on the other side. The current state of education in San Antonio, Texas is truly disheartening. I have worked in education for many
    years. It is my opinion that as long as children are viewed as ‘customers’ and their education as a ‘product’, standardized test scores (because that’s all that matters) will continue to be low. More and more children and being left behind in the name of No Child Left Behind. Schools, while they might recognize the need, do very little to account for the whole child. School officials don’t seem to recognize or don’t seem to care that the majority of students are in survival mode. Some students are more
    concerned IF they are going to eat dinner not WHAT they are going to eat. Johnny Student doesn’t give a damn about a test when he’s got to raise himself and his siblings. Homework isn’t going to get done if the electricity is turned off or the student is homeless. Perhaps Johnny Student sleeps in class
    because he has been up all night listening to fighting or partying or
    protecting himself and siblings from abuse. I am not saying that all teacher
    and administrators are inconsiderate of these harsh realities, however, what
    they can do when the higher ups are more concerned with test scores and do not
    provide the social services that are needed to at least acknowledge the issues.
    In Texas, the STAAR test is geared for college readiness. While I agree that
    it’s good to set the academic bar high, in reality, not every student is
    college material, not every student wants to go to college, and not every
    student has the financial means or the opportunity to go to college. Entrance and completion of college does not equal success and we need to stop making kids and their families feel like failures because their standards don’t match what is perceived as the ideal standard. It may be ok for Johnny Student to enter into a trade program and stop wasting his time and killing his spirit taking classes that either don’t matter or he can’t pass.

    Good teachers must face the day to day scrutiny of having their credibility questioned when student don’t pass, but little consideration is given to the types of students that are in the classroom. There is an ever present threat that their jobs will be lost if students don’t pass. But, let’s face it, there are some students that don’t care about school and neither do their families. There is an undercurrent that
    makes it ok for students, parents and administrators to refuse to take
    responsibility for their actions. Time and money that could be used in the classroom is spent on pointing fingers at what others are doing or not doing or what they didn’t do. The creativity and the joys of teaching and learning have been taken out of the classroom and replaced with anxiety and frustration for all parties involved. Education has become like the ‘Tale of the Lifted Lorax.’ There were many who tried. There were many who stood up and spoke for those with no voices, but since money and greed are driving forces, education has turned into just another big box
    cooperation and those voices have been silenced. The students, this state and
    this country are all going to hell in a hand basket, “Unless.”

  • Lorraine

    If the kids arriving at college need remedial classes, then they do not belong in college. Of course the colleges cannot afford to lose the money generated by these ill-prepared kids, so they will never kick them out.

  • Fat Lip

    The new cool lingo around our schools DUH !
    College has great scores just 10 grand and up its the asking price for B.S.

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  • http://www.absoluteintensity.com dennis reilly

    Arne thinks himself as important as Piers Morgan

  • Guardian

    Common Core is turning schools into re-education camps for liberalism, with political statements masquerading as English lessons. The material uses subliminal messages to change political views and behavior. As an example, a worksheet asks students to rewrite sentences to make them “less wordy.” Sentences like, “The commands of government officials must be obeyed by all.”

    Other examples:
    http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/111513-679531-common-core-says-government-must-be-obeyed.htm?ven=rss

    Sandra Stotsky (a leading education reform scholar) who served as a senior associate commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Education and worked on the National Validation Committee for the Common Core State Systemic Initiative, writes in the Wall Street Journal that the national standards won’t help students get into selective colleges. She says that Common Core national standards are leaving students unprepared for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)as they “…. who study under these standards won’t receive anywhere near the quality of education that children in the U.S. did even a few years ago…”

    The new standards are forcing lessons to revolve around data and testing with methods and strategies that are counter-intuitive. “The standards were created by private organizations in Washington, D.C., without input from teachers or parents and absent any kind of study or pilot test to prove its effectiveness. In fact, the only mathematician and the only ELA [English Language Arts] expert on the validation
    committee refused to sign off on the standards because they are inadequate,” according to Glyn Wright, executive director of The Eagle Forum.

    The old way: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/1960s-subliminal-video-of-national-anthem-hides-mkultra-message-to-obey-government_082013

  • Bill Tilghman

    Arne Duncan is the second rank liar in this administration’s mishandling of education, the first being his boss.

    Even a casual look at Common Core reveals it to be a propaganda laden tool for the disinformation machine that is the DoE. Just read some of the current generation’s writings and you will see that they are woefully unable to write, think and make sound judgments when it comes to a wide range of topics. If we look at the results of the past 20 years of public school education by observing the communications skills of the recipients of that public school education system as run by the DoE, it becomes apparent that these students were allowed to pass courses of study with efforts that are at best horrible.

    There is far too much weight being given to use of technology and far too little in the use of human brain power. We are constantly shown examples of how poor the education system is in this country; television and radio persons who can’t speak proper English, reports in print and on the internet that are equally as flawed, and the public arena at large is saturated with both written and spoken mangling of English. Most of these people I am referring to are adults, many college educated, and it is a shame that we allow them to succeed because of a degree, especially since it appears that degree is a fancy document that is virtually worthless in determining how well educated they really are. It brings to mind the old adage of being silent may cause people to think you are a fool, but opening your mouth may remove all doubt.

    Until this overt attempt at indoctrination of our young people, I could overlook some of this, but now this is nothing but a blatant attempt at making a generation of low information, barely functional idiots who can get a job and pay taxes and vote for the latest, “free”, thing the politicians use to buy votes.

    This is quite possibly the single most pernicious and sinister ploy yet devised by the left wing extremists that took over the democrat party in the 1990s.

  • Bill Tilghman

    I worked for the two largest state run Universities in Oklahoma for over 20 years, and I can attest to what you are saying. Both of these schools had affordable degree programs in the late 1970′s and both have raised tuition since then – as well as lowered academic standards to accommodate the students they attract – to the point that not only are the degree programs reaching astronomical expense but they are also turning out graduates who can barely function in life.

    This is the result of an over-valuing of degrees, and administrations that think the fees can continue to rise independent of the economy and the ability of the students to afford them. With the government taking over financial aid there is a wealth of cash cows out there for the universities to exploit. This is not exclusive to the institutions I worked for, but is so widespread that it could be referred to as the norm within the higher education world.

  • ken.

    i have several friends from the 70′s and early 80′s that have high school diploma’s and can’t even read or do simple math. it can only be getting worse in todays world.

  • Anonymous

    If the Federal Government wants to cut spending, here is a good place to start. Get rid of the Secretary of Education and all of the staff that works in that office instead of trying to balance the budget on the backs of the military

  • Slayer88

    Arne was a failure in Chicago, he was abysmal here in Philadelphia and now he has risen to his true level of incompetence in the national spotlight….Kruschev was right, they never had to fire a shot.

  • livefreeordie

    And not being smart enough to get good jobs (or at least keep them), they’ll be paying back their student loans forever.

  • The truth is that …

    In this article we find communistic liberal democrat Peter Orszag openly waging ideological warfare against our sacred Constitution: http://www.newrepublic.com/node/94940