During last year’s presidential campaign then-candidate Donald Trump said “Common Core is a total disaster. We can’t let it continue.”
Today he made good on his campaign promise to end those controversial standards.
Advocates for the standards were dismayed, but not shocked by the move. Earlier today Trump’s “Counselor,” Kellyanne Conway, signaled the repeal was coming, telling CNN the president would soon take action.
“He wants to repeal common core. He doesn’t think that federal standards are better than local and parental control,” she said.
By moving to curtail Common Core standards, Trump ends months of speculation by experts on whether or not the president has the power to halt federally mandated curriculum and education standards by the stroke of a pen.
Last year, on the heels of Trump’s election victory, the Fordham Institute’s Michael Petrilli doubted it could be done.
“[Common Core is] not an issue any president has much say over — academic standards are under the firm control of the state,” he wrote.
For background, the Common Core standards were authored in 2009 at a private meeting hosted by Bill Gates, in conjunction with Barack Obama, representatives from Pearson, and several back up dancers for Lady Gaga.
Critics say the intent was to confuse parents with complicated homework assignments that would leave them defenseless to help their children. That and to turn schools into “government indoctrination camps.”
A report by the Southern Poverty Law Center gives voice to many anti-common core activists who fear the standards will turn children into ” homosexual slaves of a future totalitarian global government.”
For now, the White House says America’s children are safe from that threat.
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