Common Sense On Common Core

Obama did not develop Common Core. It is not a federal program. Not one federal official was on any of the teams that created these standards.” Dave Belton

So, who just who is this Dave Belton? Some educrat intent on deceiving us into allowing President Obama to poison the minds of our children, obviously! 

No, Dave Belton is “…a Reagan Republican, Taxed-Enough-Already, conservative school board member from rural Georgia…and I like Common Core.” It’s true, check out his campaign website.

Conservatives who like Common Core? That’s enough to give one the vapors.

Maureen Downey’s Get Schooled Blog has Belton’s column about why genuine conservatives should embrace the Common Core standards. The whole thing is worth reading.


  1. Charlie says:

    Well Mike beat me to it. I’ve emailed Major Belton and asked if we can reprint the entire piece. I really encourage you to click the link and read the whole thing.

    All. Of. It.

    But for those of you who still need encouragement or want it broken down, you can start here:

    “Up until that point, Republicans who knew about Common Core were unified behind the zero-budget, state-led initiative to an education system we’ve been trying to fix for generations. We welcomed these standards because they’d finally make all schools across the nation equally accountable – not to the meddlesome feds – but to 46 of our fellow states.

    “Then Obama endorsed the initiative, and conservatives turned against it.

    “I wish they’d look closer. I’d be annoyed if Obama announced he was suddenly a Braves fan. But that wouldn’t make me cheer for the Mets. That is the kind of backwards logic that some are now employing.

    “Obama did not develop Common Core. It is not a federal program. Not one federal official was on any of the teams that created these standards.”

    • Dr. Monica Henson says:

      I read it this morning and commented that it’s one of the most well-reasoned, clearly explained advocacy pieces I’ve come across. And I’m a Democrat.

  2. griftdrift says:

    Yes. Everyone should read the full article.

    Here’s another analogy for Belton. One dock, five different boats, five different captains. I guarantee all five will steer differently as they navigate the channel but all end up at the same dock.

    We haven’t had significant education reform since QBE. After 12 years of things like Go Fish, Republicans finally have something they could point to as a crowning achievement in this state. Sadly, I think its too late to save it from the nutters.

  3. kdoc says:

    Another analogy: there are standards for cars – they must have headlights, the driver controls must be arranged a certain way, they are limited in emissions, etc. But there is an infinite variety of ways that cars meet those standards. We can argue about the specific standards, but just having standards doesn’t mean there is uniformity in the process or uniformity in what the car looks like. Same thing here.

  4. John Konop says:

    The bizarre part about this debate is that many on both sides use Japan as an example of high achieving school system. Yet in Japan they clearly track students by aptitude and do not have a one size fit all standard. I am all for a common standard, but it must be done be track, not one size fit all. Yet this fact is drowned out by the idea of the day common core, math123, charter…….. In Japan one of the best school system in the world 56% of the kids do not go to 4 year colleges. Japan separates the standards even among 4 year college track students as well ie non one size fit all approach.

    In Japan High schools may be classed into one of the following types:

    ◾Elite academic high schools collect the creme de la creme of the student population and send the majority of its graduates to top national universities.

    ◾Non-elite academic high schools ostensibly prepare students for less prestigious universities or junior colleges, but in reality send a large number of their students to private specialist schools (senshuugakko), which teach subjects such as book-keeping, languages and computer programming. These schools constitute mainstream high schooling.

    ◾Vocational High Schools that offer courses in commerce, technical subjects, agriculture, homescience, nursing and fishery. Approximately 60% of their graduates enter full-time employment.

    ◾Correspondence High Schools offers a flexible form of schooling for 1.6% of high school students usually those who missed out on high schooling for various reasons.

    ◾Evening High School which used to offer classes to poor but ambitious students who worked while trying to remedy their educational deficiencies. But in recent times, such schools tend to be attended by little-motivated members of the lowest two percentiles in terms of academic achievement……

  5. Dave Bearse says:

    It was doomed across a significant sector of the population upon “Obamacore” first being uttered.

  6. Daniel N. Adams says:

    However, much like ObamaCare, that was not wanted by doctors and nurses,..
    teachers and front line educators don’t want this bureaucratic, centralized, top down nightmare known as Common Core. So seeing a “more government” establishment republican like it and calling it ObamaCore is quite fitting.

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