Scoot: Is Jindal playing politics with your kids' education?
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal makes national news as he continues to position himself for what seems to be a probably run for president in 2016. Wednesday, Gov. Jindal used the power of executive order to withdraw Common Core from the state. Louisiana became the fourth state to reject Common Core.
However, Louisiana’s superintendent of schools, John White, supports Common Core and says, “The state will continue to implement Common Core Standards…this is a long term plan we have been working on for four years and committed to another 10 years of implementation. We are not willing to subject our children to last minute changes to throw our system into educational chaos.”
What is Common Core? This is the explanation from the website: “State education chiefs and governors in 48 states came together to develop the Common Core, a set of clear college-and career-ready standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts/literacy and mathematics.”
Gov. Jindal described himself as a “strong supporter” of Common Core and he was one of the governors that helped develop the standards. And now, he has used an executive order to withdraw Common Core from the state!
Bobby Jindal is one of the most obvious examples of a politician that is blown around by the political winds. In denouncing Common Core, Jindal used blatant political rhetoric when he said, “We won’t let the federal government take over Louisiana’s education standards.” During a press conference in Baton Rouge, Jindal went on to say, “We’re very alarmed about the choice and local control over curriculum being taken away from parents and educators.” He also said that Louisiana would not be “bullied by the federal government.” This was obvious campaign-speak designed to attract the conservative right of the Republican Party.
Gov. Jindal is concerned about the federal government’s impact on education in Louisiana, yet according to the American Legislative Exchange Council our state ranks 49th out of 51 in education rankings. The list includes the 50 states and the District of Columbia. A recent national report gave Louisiana an “F” for student achievement. It appears this state could use all the help it can get!
Why did Gov. Jindal not speak out when he was part of the group of governors establishing the standards for Common Core?
Common Core has become a hot political issue and there has been a successful attempt to equate the standards with the federal government taking control of the education of your children. While I don’t think the federal government has much to brag about when it comes to the public education system – Louisiana has consistently competed to be at the bottom of lists that rate the success of education in each state.
I often talk and write about the hysteria that infects so many political issues and Common Core controversy is part of that hysteria.
The world has changed at a faster pace than our education system. The skills needed to succeed in college or the business world right out of high school have changed and Common Core is designed to better prepare every student for college or the new workplace.
There is no way of knowing effect Common Core will have on education in America – but something needs to change. Much of the condemnation of the Common Core is divided along partisan lines. There has been a tendency throughout the Obama Administration’s first, and now second term – the oppose anything supported by the Administration.
Congressman Eric Cantor was among an elite group of Republicans that met in a private room at an upscale Washington, D.C. restaurant to commit to opposing and preventing any and all initiatives presented by President Obama as long as he is in office. The goal was never to do what is in the best interest of the American people – the goal was always to prevent President Obama from succeeding on any level in the interest of protecting and promoting the Republican brand.
Much of the strong opposition to Common Core is fueled by those who know nothing about the initiative and are just spewing out the hysterical reaction to the Obama Administration.
While this blog may be misconstrued as my defense of President Obama – it is actually defense of myself as a radio talk show host that refuses to by into the blind crusades of the far right on every issue involving this Administration.
The state of Louisiana is woefully behind the nation in education and America is woefully behind much of the world. We need to stop playing politics with education and every issue start doing what is best for America.
As Governor Jindal uses the state and your children to attract national attention for a possible presidential run – we should condemn his efforts to put his personal political ambition ahead of what’s best for Louisiana.
Governor Jindal is so easily swayed by political opportunity – he better fits among the invertebrate of the animal kingdom – he has no backbone!