Huckabee now opposes Common Core, but what of DOE?

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HuckabeeHealthy debate within the conservative movement occurs, and often produces results. Democrats should try it sometimes.

Mike Huckabee is now singing conservative’s anti-Common Core song.

JoeForAmerica took FNC host and former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee to task early last week for seeming to support Common Core writ large when he stated in a letter to Oklahoma lawmakers that they should stick by its higher standards:

“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.”

But later in the week, in the opening monologue for his eponomously-titled television show he backtracked from “what Common Core has evolved into:

We applaud Governor Huckabee’s eschewing of federal government involvement while supporting higher standards and accountability in edication at the state and local level. The first step towards that goal for national conservatives and Republican politicians in Washington, D.C. should be to vigorously push to abolish the federal Department of Education.

By all means, conservatives should be for voluntary sharing of good ideas for better educating the next generation, but we should have learned from President George W. Bush’s signature No Child Left Behind legislation that, like Obamacare, we can’t fix the inevitable failure of big government with bigger government.

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