Amid misinformation campaigns against the Common Core State Standards, former Republican governors Mike Huckabee (Arkansas) and John Engler (Michigan) repeatedly praised the Common Core State Standards as good for the country and rebutted criticism of the standards during a May 1 radio broadcast of the Mike Huckabee Show.
Saying that education standards were “near and dear” to his heart, Huckabee noted that the Common Core State Standards were “very carefully thought through” as a way to “elevate education in the country.”
Pointing to the need for the Common Core, Engler, who is current president of the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies, noted that far too many of the nation’s students are not currently reading at a proficient level. “If anyone wants to dumb anything down, I think they’ve already succeeded,” Engler said. “What I’m trying to do is reverse the trend.”
Throughout their conversation, Huckabee and Engler repeatedly stressed the state-owned nature of the Common Core State Standards, making clear that the federal government was not involved in their development. And, as Engler noted, conversations about the standards were already going on when “Barack Obama was a senator from Illinois.”
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