Millions of American parents have always heard conservatives complaining about Common Core, but never understood until they had to homeschool their kids in the last few months. Five thousand years of doing math one way are out the window thanks to corporate innovation, greed from textbook publishers, and an interest in having good little automatons who can work for the Fortune 500 without competing against them.
Common Core is so bad that even Disney poked fun at it in Incredibles 2 where Mr. Incredible vents, “Math is math!” The whole concept of Common Core math is ridiculous and states have been throwing it out largely due to parents in revolt.
Well, the Fortune 500 loves Common Core. At its heart is an easily understandable concept. In a highly mobile society, a kid who moves from California to Florida should be roughly at the same place in both places in math and reading. The problem is Common Core devalues fundamentals, ridicules traditional learning, and derisively indoctrinates kids that their parents learned “grandma math,” among other things.
As Common Core rolls back, it is trying to find inroads at the federal level and has a champion running for the Senate. A year ago, President Trump even tweeted favorably of Common Core’s candidate, not realizing just how deep it all went.
Bill Hagerty is Common Core’s candidate and he is running for the Senate in Tennessee. He was Mitt Romney’s finance chair, even backing Mitt Romney against Tennessee’s own Fred Thompson in 2008. Hagerty also was an Al Gore supporter against George W. Bush.
Hagerty served on the board of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which has been one of the leading publishers of Common Core materials. Many parents will be familiar with their awful Common Core mathematics textbooks. Hagerty was well compensated by the company over the years as it continued to expand and push its Common Core materials.
Hagerty is attacking his opponent, orthopedic trauma surgeon Manny Sethi, for Sethi’s wife giving $50.00 to a college classmate who ran as a Democrat for Congress. Hagerty should probably be more concerned about the voters finding out he sat on the board of a company that has aggressively advanced one of the worst American curricula standards in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Tennesee voters should be concerned about the Romney Finance Chair/Al Gore supporting Common Core candidate getting a seat in the Senate.