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Jeb Bush pushes back against Common Core critics "comfortable with mediocrity"


Jeb Bush confronted criticism of Common Core during an appearance in Washington, blasting it as "purely political."

"If you're comfortable with mediocrity, fine," Bush said.

He appeared at the National Press Club in support of Gov. Bobby Jindal, who decried a U.S. Department of Justice threat against Louisiana's school voucher program.

Bush's comments came as a backlash to the Common Core education standards has swelled, putting him in an awkward spot as a number of Republicans, Sen. Marco Rubio included, have joined the opposition. Bush seemed frustrated Wednesday, saying higher standards need to be embraced.

"There are a lot of people that believe that somehow this is a national takeover of what is the domain of local and state governments ... but in fact these are 45 states that have voluntarily come together to create fewer, higher, deeper standards that, when you benchmark them to the best of the world, they are world class. I'm for that. I'm not for the politics of education. I tire from the politics of education."

He went on: "The fight about Common Core is political. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we have huge swaths of the next generation of Americans that can't calculate math. They can't read. Their expectations in their own lives are way too low. And we're not going to be able to sustain this extraordinarily exceptional country unless we challenge every basic assumption on how we do things."

"If you're comfortable with mediocrity, fine. I'm not. And I think most Floridians aren't either. Yeah, there's a political consequence to all this. There is a lot of heat right now. But the simple fact is, no one can defend the lower standards that we have across this country."

Asked if he was concerned about Gov. Rick Scott's stance on Common Core (he supported but has been quiet lately), Bush said: "No. He told me he's committed to Common Core."


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Jeff D.

So a couple of questions here. Who appointed Jeb Bush a secretary of education? Who is running Florida's education system Rick Scott of Jeb Bush?


Jeb is right that this fight is political. He's partly right that there are elements in the public education system that are comfortable with mediocrity but demand higher pay. He would be partly right if he pointed out that too many parents expect the schools to fix about their kids what they at home won't or can't fix: things that are holding their kids back from learning. He would also be partly right if he talked about the money to be made by the testing outfits (private or non-profit or government) off of and by the Common Core architecture. Politics is always about two things: money and performance. He talked about the (non)performance side. Did he say anything about the money? Probably not. Why is that?


Jeb Bush is the one politicizing education, and he is doing it for PERSONAL gain. The Common Core is nothing more than a huge testing machine. The politics of education are simple. Politicians are unwilling to commit the resources necessary to educate urban and rural poverty locked communities. Suburbs are not settling for mediocrity. Bush just wants to tap public funds for charter and private schools, and he wants to funnel billions of dollars into Pearson Publishing's giant testing machine.

Agenda 21

Jeb and all his cronies need to go away. JEB IS A RINO!

He needs to take Rick Scott with him if he supports Common Core too. We'll vote him out too.


Jeb Bush is nothing more than a crook in a suit and needs to eliminated from Florida politics permanently.
He's like a cancer that needs to be removed before he infects too many others.

Past Bush supporter

If the kids are not learning under standards now what makes you think they will learn with cc? Jeb Bush is a bully and when we as parents disagree with hi
He starts the name calling. Doesn't he realize the ones he's slinging mud at is his own party? We do not like 'common' mediocrity core so get over it Mr Bush! You have lost the respect of many REC's and the RNC....

Frank Livingston

Our government, BOTH the DEMONcrat Party and the RINO/GOP leadership/followers in the soon to be defunct Republican Party refuse to hold hearings on our enemy, Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) in America and the plan they wrote to destroy America. Common Core is a part of their plan although not metioned by name.
You can buy their plan at Amazon for only $5.00 - An Explanatory Memorandum: From the Archives of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.
From the Explanatory Memorandum– the Muslim Brotherhood in America in its own words:

“The process of settlement is a ‘Civilization-Jihadist Process’ with all the word means. The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

You can read an online copy here at The Oak Initiative website:
Muslim Brotherhood credo "Allah is our objective; the Quran is our law, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and dying in the way of Allah is the highest of our aspirations."

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