Every week leading up to the 2016 Primary Season, HSLDA will post a profile for one of the 2016 Presidential candidates on Homeschooling Now, highlighting where each stands on the Common Core State Standards Initiative. For more information on the Common Core, check out our free resources at HSLDA.org/CommonCore.
- Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, John Hopkins University
CURRENT POSITION: Opposes the Common Core
- 1994: Started the Carson Scholars Fund, a 501(c)(3) that contributes money to educational programs.
“In recent years, there has been a troubling trend of the U.S. Department of Education increasingly trying to dictate how children are educated in our primary and secondary schools. This must stop and Common Core must be overturned… Our education system must be run by involved parents and engaged teachers and principals. Any attempt by faceless federal bureaucrats to take over our local schools must be defeated.” —2015, via official campaign website
“Common Core is not school choice. I do believe in standards, but those standards obviously are set by parents and people who do homeschooling or they wouldn’t be doing so well… Our public schools need to learn how to compete with that, but they don’t need some central government telling them how to do it.” —Response to question at the Conservative Political Action Conference, February 2015, via Christian Post
“The best education is the education that is closest to home, and I’ve found that for instance homeschoolers do the best, private schoolers next best, charter schoolers next best, and public schoolers worst.” —Speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, February 2015, via Christian Post
- Christian Post: Ben Carson: Homeschool, School Choice Benefit All Americans, Common Core Doesn’t, February 2015
- 2015 Des Moines Iowa Freedom Summit
- 2015 CPAC Interview
SUMMARY: Carson has consistently opposed the Common Core and believes education should stay as local as possible.
— Andrew Mullins and Lauren Mitchell
Photo Credit: First image graphic design by Andrew Mullins; second image by Michael Vadon.