Having previously suggested that critics of the so-called Common Core standards program are crazy, ignorant and lying, Bush piled on at a National Press Club appearance this week. Jeb the Insult Comic Dog did not hold back. Not only is the growing anti-Fed Ed movement of parents, teachers, school board members, academics, privacy advocates and state legislators of all stripes "purely political," Bush sniped, but the Common Core backlash that's causing him conniption fits is also opposed to academic excellence.
Yep. If you question Jeb Bush and his Big Business/Big Government cronies, you stand foursquare against student achievement and intellectual rigor. Pay attention, all you informed moms and dads who have raised pointed, carefully researched questions about the costs, quality, validity, constitutionality and intrusiveness of Common Core. Bush thinks you are "purely political" beasts who are recklessly harming your own kids' scholastic advancement.
"If you're comfortable with mediocrity, fine. I'm not," Bush hissed at Common Core critics. "(W)e're not going to be able to sustain this extraordinarily exceptional country unless we challenge every basic assumption on how we do things."
Translation: Don't you know Jeb Bush cares more about your children than you do?
Bush is all for challenging how we do things, unless you're challenging how the Common Core machine does things. He reiterated Common Core peddlers' claims that their standards are internationally "benchmarked" and "world-class." But that's pure horse-hockey. And it's not "political" people who are calling out the Common Core racket.
Stanford University professor James Milgram, a prominent dissenting member of the Common Core math standards committee, has exposed how the muddled standards would leave American students at least two years behind the rest of the planet.
University of Arkansas education professor emeritus and Massachusetts school standards architect Sandra Stotsky, who sat on the language arts validation panel, has documented how the English standards will result in:
1) teachers spending at least 50 percent of their reading instruction time on "informational texts" at every grade level.
2) reduced emphasis on analytical skills involving complex literary works.
3) a depleted fund of content knowledge that will leave students unprepared for basic college coursework.