Saturday, May 25, 2013

Huckabee Supports Common Core

To the shock of many in the homeschool movement, Mike Huckabee has voiced his support for Common Core.  
“Parents and people involved in their local schools should let it be known that core standards are valuable, and they’re not something to be afraid of—they are something to embrace.”
I"m not shocked at all.   I wrote a whole series of posts about Huckabee back in 2007 demonstrating why he was NOT a good choice for homeschoolers despite the endorsement of HSLDA-PAC
"It was a priority for me to develop more accessible and effective preschool programs and to make dramatic changes in both access and affordability in higher education. We developed a seamless curriculum from pre-K through college so that there was coordination and continuity throughout the educational process." (From Hope to Higher Ground, by Mike Huckabee, p. 43-45)
Education has been a signature issue for Mike Huckabee. While his resume is impressive, it signals that he has accepted many of the liberal reforms of those seeking to remove local control in education in favor of national curriculum and standards. The primer on P-16 was written in 2001 by the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Mike Huckabee was chairman of the (ECS) from 2004 to 2006. During his tenure, he did not challenge or attempt to undo any of these reforms, preferring to concentrate on music and art in education. In 2004, he participated in the task force for "Redesigning the American High School" chaired by Democrat Governor Mark Warner of Virginia. This task force was funded in large part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which seeks to align education standards both nationally and internationally.
These reforms which he was so much a part of creating, what are now known as Common Core.  I hope homeschoolers finally see him for who he really is, the Huckster out for what is best for Huckabee NOT homeschoolers.   

Hucakbee issued a "clarification" that is not any better.  
My statement on the Common Core has been misconstrued. While I believe such standards make sense for public schools in math and English, I support parents' freedom of choice to educate their children however they want, including homeschooling, regardless of the standards that are applied in a public school setting."
He either is lying or he does not understand the reforms he pushed through and they will impact every child in the US no matter where they are educated.   Either way his clarification does him no help at at all. 


Adrienne said...

Thanks for posting this. I didn't trust him when he ran for President. Glad to have my decision validated.

Jess said...

You may remember I was a Huckabee supporter, years ago- and before that, interned for him in AR.

As I see it, this is a product of his experiences with the delta region in Arkansas, where some of the poorest of the poor live, often with an extreme amount of neglect for their children. I do not think he is right on this, but I also do not think he is being intentionally malicious. Unfortunately this is a real concern that we as homeschoolers see from our "gone rogue" perspective that those within the system do not often have.

His perspective reminds me of my Turkish friends abroad (in Turkey there is definitely a "common core"... actually, more like a common entire curriculum, not just core basics) across their country for this same reasoning that I think drives Huckabee's view. They look at the "backwoodsy" Kurdish population and don't want to risk them "homeschooling" (but actually neglecting the education of) their children. It's the same driving force that removes the same freedoms.