Michelle Malkin flattens Jeb Bush’s assertion Common Core is ‘truth serum’

Speaking before 900 people at the annual Broward County Workshop breakfast Friday, former Governor Jeb Bush decried the controversy surrounding Common Core.

“Let me tell you something,” he said. “In Asia today, they don’t care about children’s esteem. They care about math, whether they can read in English, whether they understand why science is important, whether they have the grit and determination to be successful,” the Sun-Sentinel reported.

He added that the standards are “benchmarked to the rest of the world…a truth serum for our communities to wake up and realize that we’ve languished far too long,” also berating the critics “who go nuts about it.”

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What he did not mention, of course, was the integral role his brother Neil has in the financial success of the project, or the prominent role K Street lobbyists, Bill Gates, George Soros, high-placed Democratic strategists, and other left-wing plutocrats have played in promoting this one-size-fits-all brainwashing agenda, according to Dr. Alison Rampersad, Co-Chair of Eyes on U.S. Education.

Columnist Michelle Malkin immediately took issue with Bush’s remarks.

“Jeb Bush’s ‘Foundation for Excellence in Education’ is also saturating the airwaves with ads trying to salvage Common Core in the face of truly bipartisan, truly grassroots opposition in his home state Florida,” Malkin wrote in a recent op-ed, Get to Know the Common Core Marketing Overlords.

“[His] foundation is tied at the hip to the federally funded testing consortium called PARCC, which pulled in $186 million through the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program to develop Common Core tests.”

She listed the business groups, trade associations, partisan foundations, Democratic influence-peddlers, Clinton-era educrats, and publishing corporations who also stand to profit from implementing Common Core.

“Just follow the money,” Malkin wrote. “This bipartisan power grab is Washington-led and Washington-fed.”

Bush concluded his speech to the audience by asking, “You tell me which society is going to be the winner in this 21st Century: The one that worries about how they feel, or the one that worries about making sure the next generation has the capacity to eat everybody’s lunch?”

Bush’s categorical defense of Common Core triggered this response from Malkin on Twitter:

 

Richard Berkow

Former political news reporter Richard Berkow lost his idealism in the Kennedy years, and his innocence in Vietnam, Lebanon, and the Soviet Union. He hasn’t mellowed since, and can be harassed at [email protected]

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