Ted Cruz made himself known to the world of pointless causes when he filibustered a funding bill to avoid a government shutdown for over 21 hours. His plight was completely in vain, as his useless waste of time and oxygen had no bearing on the legislative process.
More recently, Cruz took his uselessness to the committee on space, science and competitiveness with charts and some good old-fashioned climate-denial, only to get schooled by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.
Ted Cruz, like so many other Republicans in the modern age, loves to look stupid.
One of his finest bouts with silliness came by way of a tweet about a federal law he’d love to see repealed: Common Core.
Here’s the problem: Common Core isn’t a federal law. The federal government didn’t implement it, therefore the federal government can’t repeal it.
Perhaps the senator should stand on the House floor for the better part of the day reading a children’s story. I recommend The Pet Goat. It’s worked well in the past.
Common Core is a voluntary program designed by educators and business leaders. Its full name, “The Common Core State Standard Initiative,” has been implemented by 43 “states” and the District of Columbia as a standard of what students should know at their grade levels.
It is not a curriculum. The standards are achieved by allowing educators and the schools they teach in to develop their own methods to achieve the standards Common Core requires.
The Common Core website dispels the myth that the initiative is designed to bring standards to the “lowest common denominator”:
Fact: The standards are designed to build upon the most advanced current thinking about preparing all students for success in college, career, and life. This will result in moving even the best state standards to the next level. In fact, since this work began, there has been an explicit agreement that no state would lower its standards. The standards were informed by the best in the country, the highest international standards, and evidence and expertise about educational outcomes. We need college- and career-ready standards because even in high‐performing states, students are graduating and passing all the required tests but still need remediation in their postsecondary work.
While there are many who oppose common core, few actually take the time to look into it. Those standardized tests that have taken teaching to a dark and competitive place are the result of No Child Left Behind, a failed Bush era system the presdident has been working to replace. Those math problems you see on Facebook that supposedly “replace traditional math with common core silliness” aren’t how a student is taught to solve the problem, they’re taught new ideas two grades later to encourage critical thinking. Your kids are still learning that two plus two equals four.
Common core puts the power of learning back into the hands of teachers, or that’s at least how it’s intended. Love it or hate it, it’s a voluntary program and has nothing to do with the federal government or President Obama’s continuing fight to “ruin America.”
Ted Cruz obviously doesn’t understand what “voluntary” means. He can add that to the list of other words he’s befuddled by, like “science,” “reality,” and “constitution.”