Governor Greg Abbot, R-Texas, debated former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett on Common Core on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. Bennett wanted to take the time to denounce the supposed rumors surfacing about Common Core, tell everyone to download the standards for themselves for a better understanding, and highlight that the top nine states performing academically all adhere to Common Core.
Abbott responded by arguing that Common Core is an extension of the federal government, and that the methods of its teaching try to use a “one size fits all” approach that will hold students back. He urged viewers to see how inefficient the simple math problem 9+6=15 is, to point out some of the problems with Common Core.
The governor concluded by stating that many states have “buyers remorse” after adopting Common Core and added that it should not be a curriculum that is forced on schools, their students, or the parents. He also stressed that the Stanford professor of the Common Core committee said the mathematics standards would “set students back.”
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Bennett countered by pointing out that Governor Bill Haslem, R-Tenn., has applauded Common Core for allowing schools to no longer have to lie about the “proficiency of students” – which parents ultimately want to know – and added that the schools using Common Core “are going to continue to rise to the top.”