COLUMBUS, Ohio – Opposition to Common Core is proving politically beneficial, at least in the states of Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina.
PJMedia.com’s Tom Blumer writes in his latest blog, “At least a half-dozen victorious candidates in GOP state legislative contests in those three states … discovered that the key to motivating voters on their behalf was expressing genuine and vocal opposition to the federal government’s stealth imposition of the Common Core and testing regime in their schools.”
Blumer cites “a reliable longtime” activist who says Common Core opposition helped four Ohio Republicans win their primary races for the state House of Representatives last Tuesday.
“In the Buckeye State, Common Core polled as the number one issue of concern in the GOP primaries, even ahead of Gov. John Kasich’s authoritarian expansion of Medicaid,” Blumer notes.
The most stunning example of Common Core leading to political success was Tom Brinkman’s seven-point victory over incumbent Peter Stautberg.
“Brinkman’s trump card over the wishy-washy incumbent was his vocal opposition to Common Core,” Blumer writes. “Stautberg claims to have not taken a position (on the nationalized learning standards). My source calls BS on that; but in any event, convenient neutrality doesn’t cut it. It instead allows force-fed ‘Fed ed’ to become a permanent fixture of the educational landscape.”
Blumer cites a recent University of Connecticut poll as evidence that opposition to Common Core could benefit candidates in other states, too. While the poll finds that only 39 percent of Americans have heard about Common Core, 44 percent of those who have heard about the K-12 experiment oppose it. Just 38 percent favor it.
It’s worth pointing out that opposition to Common Core isn’t just smart politics for Republicans. As Blumer rightly notes, teacher unions and “blue state” parents are turning on the one-size-fits-all standards “largely because of the same federal intrusions to which the liberty movement objects.”
Blumer even offers an argument that anti-Core candidates can make to supporters who claim the standards are crucial to bettering America’s beleaguered public education system.
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“The road to improved school standards is through decentralizing education so that parents and localities once again have control over what and how their children are taught,” Blumer concludes. “That worked quite well 50 years ago, when the average high school graduate was measurably more knowledgeable than today’s grads, three-quarters of whom are not ready for college.”