COMMON CORE: The NC General Assembly Holds Its First Public Meeting on Common Core (Dec. 17, 2013)
Diane Rufino, December 22, 2013
Tuesday, December 17th, the NC General Assembly Common Core Study Committee
held its first public hearing to address Common Core. I attended, as well as
other activists and Tea Party leaders all across the state. Opponents of
Common Core who attended were advised to dress in red to make a visual
statement to the NC General Assembly of the growing movement against
adoption and implementation of the controversial education standards. I
proudly wore an oversized red sweater and a sticker that announced my
opposition to Common Core – as did so many others. Indeed, the public
arena was a sea of red and opposition was palpable. North Carolina
Those who spoke in favor of Common Core were Dr. June Atkinson, head of the NC Board of Education, and Michael Brickman, the national policy director at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, where he promotes education reform. Prior to his position with the Fordham Institute, Brickman was recruited by Governor Scott Walker to lead his education-reform efforts in
Brickman has publicly characterized Common Core opponents as a “small but vocal minority of conservatives” coupled with a bit of “the far left.” In front of the Study Committee and the audience in red, he stated that opponents are caught up in conspiracy theories and unfounded and baseless talking points. Dr. Atkinson spent a good part of her presentation echoing the same sentiment.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, arguably Common Core’s greatest champion, also has accused its opponents of employing conspiracy theories.
Michael Brickman gave a presentation that was essentially broken down in three parts: (i) The poor Report Card that Fordham gave North Carolina for its state Education Standards; (ii) Why Common Core addresses NC’s education shortcomings (and poor standards); and (iii) Why opposition to Common Core is based on Myths and not facts.
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