DuBos: Jindal should stick to his guns on Common Core

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Posted on September 24, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 24 at 7:00 PM

At least one state lawmaker wants Gov. Bobby Jindal to take Louisiana out of the Common Core academic standards program. And the governor seems inclined to do that. That’s the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

NEW ORLEANS -- I knew it was too good to be true. In 2010, at the urging of conservative business and civic leaders, Louisiana adopted the Common Core education standards.

Now, Gov. Bobby Jindal and some lawmakers are sheepishly retreating from that bold step, because a vocal minority of educational knuckle-draggers is making noise about a federal takeover of local education.

Let’s be clear: Common Core is a set of standards. It is not a federal curriculum. It raises the bar on what kids should learn. It does not prescribe what textbooks to use, or how to teach. It simply provides a uniform standard to measure academic achievement, so that parents can tell how their children stack up against kids from other states.

What’s so bad about that?

Common Core continues to draw support from conservative business and civic leaders, like the Council for A Better Louisiana, and even some conservative politicians.

At one time, Jindal supported Common Core. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush continues to support it — because he chooses to listen to facts, not hysteria. That’s the difference between a leader and a wannabe.

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