Last week Governor Kasich went on the attack, calling mother and fathers who oppose Common Core hysterical and calling politicians who oppose Common Core liars.
In an interview with the Blaze,
Ohio Gov. John Kasich believes opposition to the Common Core State Standards Initiative is “hysteria,” and does not expect his state’s legislature to attempt to a repeal in this legislative session.
“I don’t expect anything like that,” Kasich told The Blaze. “When you study the issue, you separate the hysteria from the reality.”
In an interview on Fox News Sunday, from the Huffington Post,
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Sunday criticized Republicans who have attacked Common Core education standards and said that their opposition has more to do with politics than substance.
Kasich dismissed criticisms of the standards from those like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), who argue that the guidelines will lead the federal government to have more control of the education system in the United States.
“The Common Core was written by state education superintendents and local principals. In my state of Ohio, we want higher standards for our children, and those standards are set and the curriculum is set by local school boards,” Kasich said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Barack Obama doesn’t set it, the state of Ohio doesn’t set it. It is local school boards driving better education, higher standards, created by local school boards.
There is no evidence that Common Core was written by anyone in Ohio. Here is a list of the people, from the National Governor’s Association website who were members of the ‘work groups’ tasked with writing the standards. Not a single Ohioan is on the list for any subject.
Principals and State Education Superintendents were presented the finished standards. They may have had opportunity to look at them, perhaps make comments, but they were not changed. Ohioans had no part in the writing of the Common Core State Standards.
These education leaders were presented with a choice, adopt these standards or face the mandates from No Child Left Behind (which Ohio would not have been able to achieve) and receive no Race to the Top money.
Ohio picked the easy way out and adopted Common Core. They did it because it was the easy thing to do, not because it was the right thing to do for the children of Ohio and the nation.
Governor Kasich does not understand these facts. Instead of listening and trying to understand, he calls people ‘hysterical’ and ‘liars’.
Please let Governor Kasich know your opinion about Common Core at (614) 466-3555 or on his contact form http://www.governor.ohio.gov/Contact/ContacttheGovernor.aspx .