National Review issued a report this week that argued President Trump’s primary modus operandi is as the ‘anti-Obama’.
That’s a well-earned moniker since his first year in the White House has been largely spent undoing much of the damage inflicted by the Obama regime.
But one issue has curiously not appeared on the radar: Common Core.
The fight over Obama’s federally-imposed education standards reached near-Civil War levels of local outrage just a few years back.
But since then, all’s been quiet on the western front.
As Secretary of Education DeVos declared this week, the reason is — from her point of view — ‘Common Core is dead’.
And good riddance.
Here’s more from Hotair…
Through all the raging debates coming out of the first year of Trump’s presidency, there has been one hot button issue which has been noticeably absent. What ever happened to Common Core? That concept, first unleashed primarily by Democrats as soon as Barack Obama was sworn into office, was a serious bone of contention between liberals and conservatives. The battles over the program were simply epic, with the teachers’ unions fighting tooth and nail over it while many conservatives demanded more local control, tailored to the unique needs of states and communities.
So are there any updates on it? Yes indeed. In a speech this week which didn’t draw a lot of media attention (understandably, given everything else that’s going on), Education Secretary Betsy DeVos weighed in on the program’s current status. Of course, we could have had Dr. Leonard McCoy give the same pronouncement to Captain Kirk on the set of Star Trek. It’s dead, Jim.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos gave a far-ranging speech today in Washington at an American Enterprise Institute conference, “Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned.”
She announced the death of Common Core, at least in her federal agency.
“Unsurprisingly, nearly every state accepted Common Core standards and applied for hundreds of millions of dollars in “Race to the Top” funds. But despite this change, the United States’ PISA performance did not improve in reading and science, and it dropped in math from 2012 to 2015.
Then, rightly, came the public backlash to federally imposed tests and the Common Core. I agree – and have always agreed – with President Trump on this: “Common Core is a disaster.” And at the U.S. Department of Education, Common Core is dead.”