Governor’s hometown newspaper pushes him to stand up to General Assembly

In case you missed it, the editorial page of the Governor’s hometown newspaper, the Charlotte Observer, is urging the man they endorsed for office back in 2012 to stand up the legislature over the repeal of the Common Core standards in education:

“The governor reiterated his belief in Common Core again Thursday when he told reporters that eliminating the standards was ‘not a smart move.’ McCrory also said, however, that he wouldn’t go so far as to say he’d veto a bill that repeals Common Core.

That has us worried. Our governor has an unfortunate history of professing one thing, yet cowing to Republican lawmakers when they send legislation his way….

Repealing Common Core also would waste years of curriculum and teacher preparation for the new standards, and it would steal one of Common Core’s critical benefits – the opportunity to compare our scores with other states and make adjustments based on best practices around the country.

The reason Republicans want to repeal Common Core, instead of fixing its minor issues, is that conservatives have fallen for the fiction that it’s a federal takeover of education. In other words, it’s politics. The governor knows it. Will he stand up to it, or will he once again decide to give in to politics himself? This time, our state’s children await the answer.”

Read the full editorial by clicking here.

2 Comments

  1. NitWitCharmer

    June 9, 2014 at 8:41 am

    While I like the fact that schools are being required to … teach, (the GA was compelled to pass a law requiring that schools teach children to read and write in cursive) the curriculum does not need to come from a single source.

    I like and prefer the diversity of our nation. Common Core destroys that. And while some of the alternative paths that states take may end in poorer results, most do not. Can such a comparative analysis be made if there was no diversity in educational approaches?

    Contrast that with Common Core in which all schools teach the same stuff the same way. Just what do we measure Common Core’s success or failure against?

    Apparently there is value in diversity until there is not.

  2. James Barrett

    June 11, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I’m really glad there is someone who is arguing against CC on its educational merits as opposed to conspiracy theories. However, you’re still wrong. CC does not have “all schools teach the same stuff the same way”. It is a yardstick. How teachers get their specific students up that yardstick is up to them. It was developed by folks who know where how high the yardstick ought to be, compared to what is required to succeed in college and careers as well as international benchmarks. What is your basis for “most do not” end in poorer results? Basic statistics will tell you that’s not likely to be true (see latest info on Charter School performance for confirmation).