January 26, 2016

THE RIGHT IS THE LEFT:

Common Cause: The Right's Opposition to Federal Education Reform (PATRICK OATHOUT, 1/26/16, Pacific Standard)

[C]ommon Core, and, more broadly, nationalized education standards, used to be a common-sense solution (no pun intended) in education reform circles. Governor Jeb Bush, who was only a few lecterns side-stage from Rubio, is a longtime supporter of Common Core. National education standards were originally promoted by Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and, of course, George W. Bush, who took national standards and testing even further with No Child Left Behind. All of which is to say: Common Core, and the philosophy behind it, was originally a conservative idea.

So what changed? Or more aptly, who or what enabled the right's opposition to Common Core? [...]

McGuinn and Supovitz's paper chronicles how teachers' unions on the left and the Tea Party on the right found a common cause in their opposition to Common Core, an occurrence that wasn't bipartisan in the sense that each side shed some of their ideology to meet in the middle, but, rather, transpartisan, meaning the issue found common opposition all over the political spectrum.

Posted by at January 26, 2016 7:31 PM

  

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