Arne Duncan slams Bobby Jindal for Common Core charade
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has spoken out against Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s lawsuit against the Obama Administration over Common Core Standards, saying that Jindal is using the issue as a political stunt to further his own political gains. Though the Obama Administration did not implement the standards, or even develop them, Jindal claims that the President and his cohorts are pressuring states to follow Common Core Standards or face loss of federal funding.
In an interview with Yahoo News, Duncan pointed out that even Jindal’s constituents are not in favor of his flip-flop on Common Core Standards and that the governor is being sued by a few groups on the matter.
“Anyone who wants to dummy down standards to make politicians look good, be they Republican or Democrat, I think we have not just an educational but a moral obligation to challenge that history,” said Duncan in the interview.
It’s no secret that politicians are using the latest hot-button education issue to further their own ambitions, on both sides of the aisle, but Jindal’s version does seem especially obvious. Instead of simply removing his state from the standards, as other states like South Carolina and Indiana have done, he has aimed his statement directly at President Obama. His complaints and their association with the President are directly to appease his anti-Obama voters and earn some points with the Republican Party. Whether it will work or not is too soon to tell, but it is a shame for the students who are being put through the ringer as a result.
What do you make of Bobby Jindal’s anti-Common Core antics?