November 25

Why Republicans Hate Common Core

Today, Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Ted Cruz were the only two Republican candidates who promised to end Common Core to a Florida parent group, Breitbart reported today. Rubio and Cruz signed a pledge, vowing to get rid of the education regulation if voted into the Oval Office. Not all candidates signed the pledge, because not all candidates could be reached by the parents who want say they want the power to choose their children’s education returned to them. You can assume that other Republicans would also have gladly signed the pledge, such as Senator Rand Paul, who is more than willing to limit the federal government’s power. Governor Jeb Bush, on the other hand, has been very persistent in his approval of Common Core and its effectiveness in issuing an education standard. Although he continuously points to different statistics and examples of how it works, many Republicans hear “support Common Core,” and immediately close their minds, refusing to believe that it could work. So, why is there so much hatred towards this education law?

First and foremost, let us all take a second to remember that America is built off of Federalism. This means that the state governments and the federal government are supposed to have a balance of power, and also have different powers. One of the biggest complaints for many Republicans is that the federal government has gotten too big. There is too much power held by the bureaucrats in DC, which interfere with states’ power,  but also local communities’ power. Although many are taught that the government is foolproof, Republicans are not so sure, and want certain issues (most issues, actually), out of DC.

For this reason, Common Core and the federal overreach over state’s education plans is another example of states losing their power, their authority, and their autonomy. Common Core is supposed to hold each state to a certain standard, with the idea that not all states have equal education. While this is true for many states, they are not as concerned with the numbers given to the federal government, but instead are against the principle. Furthermore, there is much debate that federal testing ruins the classroom, where teachers are only motivated to get test results instead of actually teaching their students for the sake of learning. By trying to make these standards, the students actually fall through the cracks, causing more of an education problem than without it.

Common Core, therefore, is actually more of an important issue for many states than you may believe. It is also a highly politicized, partisan issue. Governor Jeb Bush, for example, supporting it makes many label him as a RINO, meaning “Republican In Name Only.”