Ohio Governor John Kasich attempted to minimize the growing disgust with the Common Core standards in his own state. He attacked the movement against the federal standards, calling it “hysteria”, that it is “a runaway internet campaign, as far as I’m concerned in Ohio.” This amounts to a feeble attempt by Kasich to play down what is a growing movement not just in Ohio, but nationwide.
Reaction from within the state and from the internet has been swift. Breitbart reports: Ohio Gov. John Kasich: Common Core Opposition Just ‘A Runaway Internet Campaign’:
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is, again, insulting citizens of his state who oppose the Common Core standards. In January, Kasich referred to resistance to the controversial education initiative as “hysteria,” and on Thursday the governor said Common Core opposition is “a runaway internet campaign, as far as I’m concerned in Ohio.”
Telegraph-Forum of Bucyrus, Ohio reports that, on a trip to South Carolina, the potential 2016 presidential contender reaffirmed his support for the nationalized standards.
When asked about the Common Core, Kasich responded, “That is not something that Barack Obama is putting together…it’s local school boards developing local curriculum to meet higher standards. I cannot figure out what’s wrong with that.”
Kasich has been flirting with the idea of a run for the Oval Office in 2016. But by backing the massively unpopular Common Core Standards, he may be sinking his ship before it leaves port. Jeb Bush, despite his obvious asset in name recognition, is likely to face considerable opposition within his own party because he won’t scale back his support of the Common Core. Kasich is spitting into the wind here, there is a nationwide movement of parents opting-out children from the test. Even the city of Chicago has dropped out of the test and several states including Arizona, Louisiana and Wisconsin are taking steps to remove the standards from their classrooms. If Kasich and other politicians do not heed the rapidly changing tastes of their constituents, they will be thrown out of office on their ass.