Bobby Jindal Lies About Common Core

Thursday, Friday and Saturday was the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which means the fact checking organizations got lots of work debunking all of the lies told. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal repeated a very common right wing lie about the Common Core education standards.

We object to Common Core because the federal government has no right imposing curriculum, imposing content standards in local classrooms when these decisions have always been made by local parents, by teachers, by local leaders.

Really? That’s why you object to it? Then you’d better find a better reason because that one is total bullshit.

The Common Core is a state‐led effort that is not part of No Child Left Behind or any other federal initiative. The federal government played no role in the development of the Common Core. State adoption of the standards is in no way mandatory. States began the work to create clear, consistent standards before the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provided funding for the Race to the Top grant program. It also began before the Elementary and Secondary Education Act blueprint was released, because this work is being driven by the needs of the states, not the federal government.

The hilarious thing is that Jindal initially supported those standards and even listed it as one of his accomplishments on education: “Adopting the Common Core State Standards, which will raise expectations for every child.” Now he’s suing in federal court to stop them. What changed? He decided to run for president.

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  • moarscienceplz

    Common Core must be bad because “common” sounds like “communist”. QED

  • sugarfrosted

    @1 Common core teaches the distributive property, like redistribution. It’s obviously a socialist plot.

    In all seriousness as far as math I don’t get the outcry with common core, as a math graduate student it looks pretty good to me. My cousin was learning algebra a year earlier than I did an my uncle bitched about it to me, not understanding what it was.

  • d.c.wilson

    Wouldn’t it be great if we could have a serious debate about the pros and cons of ideas like Common Core or net neutrality instead of wasting all our time debunking these lies?

    I dream, can’t I?

  • moarscienceplz

    In all seriousness as far as math I don’t get the outcry with common core

    Well, just as with “New Math” back in the ’60s, the ignorant/joke answer is that the new stuff teaches you to understand the problem, while the old math was so dumb because it only cares about getting the right answer. (Cue guffaws from conservatives so old they don’t even know what a whiteboard is.)

    Of course today we all have machines that can easily give us the right answer but only if we punch in the correct equation, so understanding the problem is in fact vastly more important than being able to calculate the answer by hand, but it’s a change from the way typical Fox News viewers learned, so it obviously must be some scary plot from the ebil guvmint in Washington.

  • eric

    The states’ rights line has always been not much more than a stand-in for “stuff I don’t like.” The far right will abandon state/local independence the moment some state or local government enacts a policy they don’t like, and will wholeheartedly support federal policies they do like. Or, as with this case, they will call a state policy a federal policy just to undermine support for it.

  • briandavis

    moarscienceplz @4 said:

    …but it’s a change from the way typical Fox News viewers learned, so it obviously must be some scary plot from the ebil guvmint in Washington.

    They can have my slide rule when they pry it from my cold, arthritic hands.

  • busterggi

    Common Core will lead to common educational standards, the Party of Stupid opposes any educational standards.

  • xuuths

    Just like poppy Bush was pro-choice, even on the board of Planned Parenthood, right up until the day he was selected as Reagan’s vice president. Then he abruptly became anti-choice. So much for “deeply held beliefs”.

  • scienceavenger

    So I guess when Jindal said the GOP needed to stop being the stupid party, he meant that they should become The Lying Party.