GOP Presidential hopeful, Mike Huckabee, has issued a public statement withdrawing his former support of Common Core Standards. The question is how forgiving should the public be of politicians like this who convert from Common Core to Common Sense?
We certainly want elected leaders to admit when they make a mistake and fix it.
But can we trust them?
In my opinion we should use the same vetting strategies we’d use when our kids apologize up and down and swear reform: you look at how sincere the remorse is.
This is what Huckabee said to his defense:
“Unfortunately, the locally controlled and very simple creation of standards in math and English created so that students will be measured by comparable standards regardless of geography – well, that’s been hijacked by those who took the label ‘Common Core’ and applied it to curriculum, subjects other than math and English, and even unrelated things such as personal data collection,” Huckabee said. “As a result, ‘Common Core’ as a brand is dead, and hopefully the perversion of it will die as well” Read the rest of the article here.
Ummm… So violating the constitution with nationalized standards are okay, as long as it’s for math and English?
That doesn’t sound like true remorse. That sounds like Mr. Huckabee wants to run for presidential office, and realizing the public is watching.