NEW YORK – A President Donald Trump would “end Common Core.”
“It’s a disaster,” The Donald posted to Facebook this week with a personal video about his views on education.
Trump made it clear “education has to be at a local level” in denouncing the national education standards pushed on states through the Obama administration’s Race to the Top initiative.
“We cannot have the bureaucrats in Washington telling you how to manage your child’s education,” Trump said.
“So Common Core is a total disaster. We can’t let it continue. We are rated 28 in the world, the United States. Think of it – 28 in the world,” he said.
“And frankly, we spend far more per pupil than any other country in the world by far, it’s not even a close second.”
Trump put two and two together.
“So here we are. We spend more money and we’re rated 28. Third-world countries are ahead of us,” Trump said, staring directly into the camera.
“We’re going to end Common Core,” he continued. “We’re going to have education – an absolute priority.”
Dramatic music and the Trump Make America Great Again! logo closed the clip.
Naturally, the video exploded with more than 2.4 million views in a few days.
Trump’s message comes about three weeks after his closest rival in the Republican presidential primary – Ted Cruz – denounced Common Core in launching a homeschool coalition to support his campaign, EAGnews reports.
“Some on the left want to shut down those who don’t abide by the Common Core agenda, but mark my words that is not going to happen,” Cruz said. “If I’m elected president, I will direct the U.S. Department of Education – which should be abolished … I will direct the Department of Education that Common Core ends today.”
Cruz also spoke out about his support for a variety of educational options for students during National School Choice Week, which concludes Saturday.
“School choice is the civil rights issue of the 21st century,” Cruz said in a National School Choice Week video posted to YouTube. “It shouldn’t matter what your race, or ethnicity, or zip code is, every single child deserves the opportunity to achieve the very best.”
Cruz noted the number of students enrolled in school choice programs has ballooned in recent years, pushing public schools to improve instruction to compete for students.
“Over one million children are on waiting lists for charter schools all over this country,” Cruz said. “We shouldn’t put our future on a waiting list.
“We shouldn’t rest until every single child in America, in every city and every state, has the opportunity to receive an excellent education,” he said.