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Donald Trump Seeks to Prioritize Education by Ending Common Core, Leaves Out Specifics

Donald Trump Seeks to Prioritize Education by Ending Common Core, Leaves Out Specifics

Donald Trump has put in his two cents about education, releasing a video where he slams the state of education in the U.S. and places significant blame on the Common Core.

“We are rated 28 in the world.. and frankly, we spend far more per pupil than any other country in the world,” Trump says in the video.

“Third world countries are ahead of us,” he says, inciting the fear of falling behind and helping to boost his campaign slogan, ‘Make America Great Again.’

“We’re going to end Common Core, we’re going to have education an absolute priority.”

Like many conservatives, Trump has emphasized the need for education to be handled at a local level versus a federal one, criticizing the role “bureaucrats in Washington” currently have in the matter.

But like the Slate.com article’s headline says, Trump essentially released a video that showcased “his completely vague views on education and the Common Core.

Certainly, its a far-cry from Jeb Bush’s 10-page education plan that has been deemed by many as “truly innovative,” and much of what he said is not even rooted in fact.

Trump uses "dramatic topical leaps, suggestions of a threatened motherland, a sketchy grip on facts (PolitiFact has disputed his familiar claim about U.S. education spending, finding that Austria, Luxembourg, Norway, and Switzerland all spend more per pupil) condemnation without explanation (nothing about what exactly Common Core is—learning standards developed by bipartisan governors that the Department of Education incentivized states to adopt—or who initially developed or supported it), and sweeping denunciations backed by zero policy details,” Slate.com criticizes.

Education World would like to know: Teachers, do you have faith in Donald Trump’s capability as a leader of education? Respond by answering our poll or commenting below.

Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

1/28/2016

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