Emmett McGroarty to GOP candidates at CPAC: “Are you fighting the Common Core?”

At 10 a.m. this morning, Emmett McGroarty, one of the architects of the Common Core rebellion, spoke at CPAC, asking GOP presidential candidates: “[A]re you fighting the Common Core? Are you fighting for change in the federal government that will prevent a travesty like this from ever happening again? That’s what candidates are going to have to answer. The voters want acknowledgement that the Common Core is of poor quality and that it was forced upon them.”

When pro-Common Core leaders (like Ohio Gov. John Kasich) regurgitate their talking points, McGroarty has some advice for concerned moms and other GOP primary voters:

“The strategy of Common Core proponents has always rested on certain talking points—and I think it’s important to realize that those talking points were crafted before Common Core was even drafted. They say it’s state-led, they say that the standards are rigorous and internationally benchmarked—the fact is that none of these things are true. Common Core locks students into an inferior, low-quality education. The proponents are hanging on to those false talking points because they recognize that if people realize they’re not true, Common Core will collapse.”

The Common Core Moms are not going to give up, he points out:

“This is a movement led by grassroots activists—by moms—and they’re going to war against anything that interferes with their right to have a say in what their children learn—that includes Republicans in Congress, that includes Democrats in Congress, that includes the current attempt to try to re-authorize No Child Left Behind—it’s a very strong movement, it’s a passionate movement, and it’s one that’s growing by the day.” Continue Reading

On Common Core, Bobby Jindal Leads

The following is adapted from APP Chairman Sean Fieler’s introduction of Gov. Bobby Jindal at the American Principles Project gala on Feb. 5 in Washington D.C.

To the parents from all over the country, from Maryland, New York, Ohio, Louisiana and Indiana that have joined us here today:  you are the reason that we are winning.  And, not just winning, but winning on principle.

And not just any principle, but the principle of human dignity.

For we understand what America’s founders so clearly understood: that we are endowed with rights and dignity not from the state but from our Creator.  If only and only if, we get this foundational principle right will we have a state that serves the people and not the other way around.

From education that respects parents’ role in the instruction of their children, to immigration policy that treats Latino immigrants the way we would want the American immigrants in our own families to have been treated, to honest money that empowers the American people and not just the American government – this one principle underlies all of our APP efforts.

When it comes to education policy, our insistence on the human person as the end of a just society rather than just a means of achieving an elite vision of progress is engendering an outpouring of support from the American people.  Our vision resonates with an American people eager to elevate, not debase, our political debate.

For a healthy desire to shape the next generation, when unduly concentrated in the hands of policy makers, can become something very undesirable.   Continue Reading