At her first official campaign stop, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton praised the “Common Core” curriculum and its effects on education, which she referred to as our “most important, non-family enterprise.”
Her appearance Tuesday at at Kirkwood Community College in Monticello, Iowa, featured a round-table discussion that included students and educators.
Clinton eventually accepted questions from the participants.
“I think the Common Core is a wonderful step in the right direction of improving American education,” 20-year veteran high school English teacher “Diane” said. “It’s painful to see that attacked.”
She then asked Clinton what could be done to “bring that heart back to education in the United States.”
“Your question is a larger one,” Clinton said, after praising the teacher’s statement as a “powerful, touching comment.”
“How do we end up at a point where we are so negative about the most important, non-family enterprise and the raising of the next generation — which is how our kids are educated?”
Huh? Public education is now a “non-family enterprise”?
The remark reminded libertarian Fox Business Network host John Stossel of a 1996 book Clinton wrote as first lady — “It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us.”
— John Stossel (@FBNStossel) April 14, 2015
In response to the Clinton book, 2008 Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum penned, “It takes a Family,” arguing that if America is to succeed, it has to get away from “big government” controlling our lives, and recognize the importance of the family unit as the ultimate decision-maker.
Stossel’s observation enjoyed hundreds of re-tweets and favors, as well as a host of responses, including these:
— Richard Allen (@mstrgunner2k) April 14, 2015
— H (@Tark31) April 14, 2015
— AmericanMom (@_Americanmom) April 15, 2015
— jesusdacreator (@jesusdacreator) April 15, 2015
One Twitter user wondered:
I trust it has its share of village idiots as well.
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