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Presidential Hopeful Rand Paul's Stance on Education is Anti-Common Core

Rand Paul announced that he will be running for the Republican nomination for the 2016 presidential election, and he holds strong views against the Department of Education and the Common Core state standards.

In a speech to the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics in April 2014, Rand Paul discussed taking power away from the Department of Education to bring power back to the state and local levels. "Education historically was a state and local subject. We spend about 100 billion dollars on the Department of Education each year and that’s been going on since 1980. I’m not so sure we’re better off than we were before," he said.

On the subject of Common Core, he's vehemently against it.

"It’s a hodgepodge of educational theories, bureaucratic group-think, massive data collection and pure secular statist propaganda. Worse yet, Common Core is being pushed on both sides of the aisle, including two high-profile members of my own party that may have eyes on the White House," he said in a video for his Reinventing a New Direction PAC (RAND PAC).

His goal is to "create a massive groundswell against Common Core that can sweep the country."

As for teachers, he wants to broadcast the work of extraordinary teachers for all children to learn from. "[E]xtraordinary teachers should be filmed and broadcast in every class, colleges too," he said in his speech to the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics.

"There’s so much information and the ability to transmit it that we need to allow for innovation and not just be stuck in the old model."

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Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor.

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