We frequently observe in these pages that the basis for opposition to the Common Core tends to be political convictions rather than educational objections. New Hampshire educators who work with the Common Core in their classrooms, for instance strongly favor the standards. The argument from opponents, on the other hand, tends to center on federal overreach and Gates Foundation funding.
Former Fox News host and probable presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s recent interview on Meet the Press demonstrated this very point when he discussed his shifting position on the Common Core on January 25th. Host Chuck Todd quoted a letter that the former Arkansas governor wrote in 2013 to the state of Oklahoma in which Mr. Huckabee described the standards as “near and dear to [his] heart.” Mr. Huckabee also reportedly told the Council of Chief State School Officers in 2014 to “Rebrand [the Common Core], refocus it, but don’t retreat.”
But on Meet the Press, Mr. Huckabee suggested that the standards have changed (they haven’t) and that President Obama has taken control of them (federal overreach)–a position he apparently feels a Republican presidential candidate must take.
You can watch the interview below.