Huckabee urges states to back Common Core

**FILE** Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (Associated Press)

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (Associated Press)

As conservative opposition to the national K-12 education standards known as Common Core continues to grow, a leading figure in the Republican Party is lending his voice in support of the system.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who ran for his party’s presidential nomination in 2008, penned a letter Tuesday to lawmakers in Oklahoma, urging them to stick by the standards even as Michigan, Indiana and other states have backed away from them.

“It’s disturbing to me there have been criticisms of these standards directed by other conservatives,” he said. “I’ve heard the argument these standards ‘threaten local control’ of what’s being taught in Oklahoma classrooms. Speaking from one conservative to another, let me assure you this simply is not true … They’re not something to be afraid of; indeed they are something to embrace.”

His letter came on the same day that the Michigan state senate passed a budget blocking all funding for Common Core. That measure now heads to the desk of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who like Mr. Huckabee, is a strong supporter of the standards.

Indiana already has paused implementation of the system, becoming the first state in the nation to do so.

Leaders in other states, such as North Carolina, have indicated they may follow suit.


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Jeff Marshalek
Jeff Marshalek
7 years ago

My view of Huckabee is now forever changed. Common Core is the next step in the Fabian Socialist’s tool chest for dumbing down America. Common Core as well as the other systems that have preceded it have its genesis in the Prussian educational system. Americans up to 1900, were taught how to think, now we are taught what to think.

7 years ago

And I thought Huck was somewhat genuine, albeit naive. Now I just consider him an idiot.

7 years ago

I never liked him. Now I know why. We’d better have our candidates take polygraphs before during and after their terms in office before we loose them on the world. We can’t trust any of them. Look what we have in Washington now. Besides that, a national education system is unconstitutional. That is best left to parents and teachers in their local communities. We already have enough indoctrinated people in America. They can’t chew gum and walk at the same time.