Earlier this month, The Seventy Four, an educational policy non-profit, sat down with 2016 presidential hopeful Ben Carson to talk education policy. The moderator was Campbell Brown, editor-in-chief of The Seventy Four.
Here are some takeaways:
1. Carson: “We know that the very best education is homeschool.”
The homeschool part, we agree with. Vouchers, not so much.
Here’s the entire quote:
Campbell Brown: “If you could do one thing, one thing that would improve schools, especially for low-income families, what would it be?” (6:56)
Carson: “Provide vouchers so that they would have choice in terms of the schools that they go to. Because we know that the very best education is homeschool; the next is private school; the next is charter school; then the last is public school. And if we want to change that dynamic, we’ve got to offer some real competition to the public schools.”
2. Carson: “I am generally hoping [Common Core] will die a quiet death.”
Campbell Brown: So let me ask you about Common Core, because we’re thinking about all 50 states. I think the idea behind Common Core was to create a common set of standards to help each state raise their standards. To bring their best game, if you will. And it has become quite controversial among Republicans. Where are you generally on Common Core?
Carson: I am generally hoping that it will die a quiet death—and like I said before, the closest education to home is the best education. And I don’t know of any state that wouldn’t be very interested in its people being very well educated. (12:10)
During the interview, Carson also talked about his plans to use federal dollars to incentivize states to create school voucher systems. When pressed for more details, he said this:
Campbell Brown: So you would support using federal dollars to incentivize states to expand charter schools, or adopt vouchers, or tax credits? (10:04)
Carson: The same dollars that we already use.
Campbell Brown: Right. So in the way that Race to the Top has done under [President Obama]?
This is particularly disturbing because Race to The Top was the vehicle by which waivers were granted to pressure states into adopting the Common Core.
The entire interview can be found here.
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