Video: Governor Jeb Bush: Winning the War on Mediocrity
On Wednesday, September 18, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, addressed a question about the Common Core State Standards during a press conference with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and U.S. Senator Tim Scott calling on the Obama Administration and U.S. Department of Justice to drop its petition to prevent Louisiana parents from receiving the resources they need to provide their children with quality education.
KEY EXCERPTS: Governor Jeb Bush: Winning the War on Mediocrity:
“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…The simple fact is no one can defend the lower standards that we have across the country.
“I don’t know anyone that voluntarily says, ‘let’s dumb down the standards even more to make everybody feel good.’ If they say that, they don’t say it in public because it’s totally indefensible.”
To watch Governor Bush’s remarks on the need for higher standards, please click here.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Governor Jeb Bush: Winning the War on Mediocrity:
TAMPA BAY TIMES: “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. (Alex Leary, “Jeb Bush to Common Core critics: ‘If you’re comfortable with mediocrity, fine,’” TAMPA BAY TIMES, 9/18/13)
SUNSHINE STATE NEWS: “Bush said it was important to embrace higher standards, but some are speaking out against Common Core… ‘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,’ Bush said. ‘I’m for that.’” (Allison Nielsen, “Jeb Bush to Common Core Critics: ‘If you’re comfortable with mediocrity, fine,’” SUNSHINE STATE NEWS, 9/18/13)
MIAMI HERALD : “Jeb Bush pushes back against Common Core critics ‘comfortable with mediocrity’” (Staff, “Jeb Bush to Common Core critics: Jeb Bush pushes back against Common Core critics ‘comfortable with mediocrity’” MIAMI HERALD, 9/18/13)