During an interview with the Shark Tank, Senator Ted Cruz told Nicole Sanders that he is “passionately opposed to Common Core” and he had some advice for parents who want to stop it.
“The only way we’re going to stop Common Core — the only way we’re going to change the direction of this country — is for the grassroots to rise up,” the potential GOP presidential candidate said.
Cruz said that education decisions should be made at the state or local level “where we as parents have direct control over the standards, over the mores, over the curriculum that’s being taught to our kids.” He said the standards are being used by the federal government as a “mechanism” to force a uniform curriculum and to “put federal bureaucrats in charge of what is taught to our kids.”
The Texas senator advised parents not to look to Washington for the solution. He said the biggest divide we have in this country is not between Republicans and Democrats, but between career politicians — in both parties — and the American people.
“Part of why Common Core has gotten so much momentum is a whole bunch of Republicans joined with a whole bunch of Democrats agreeing that the federal government should stick its nose in the middle of education,” Cruz said. “The only way to change that is a grassroots movement that’s sweeping the country.”
Cruz compared the current situation in the United States to the country during the Carter administration — economic misery, stagnation, malaise, a disastrous foreign policy — and recalled that during the Reagan Revolution in the 1980s “the expansion of federal power was turned around.”
“But it came from the grassroots,” Cruz said. “The only way to stop Common Core is for the grassroots all across this country to rise up and say, ‘Enough is enough. We’re going to hold elected officials accountable.'”
“If you want to make sure our children’s education stays at the local level with parents having control and not sucked into Washington by unelected bureaucrats corrupting our curriculum, then rise up, speak out, organize, come together and hold elected officials accountable. Republicans and Democrats.”
He said talk is cheap and warned parents not to accept “soothing sounding words” from politicians who tell them what they want to hear.
“We need to hold everyone accountable,” Cruz said, “and that’s something only the grassroots can do.”