Hawaii Republicans voted to adopt a resolution at their state convention last Saturday that opposes the Common Core curriculum as "an inappropriate overreach to standardize and control the education of our children so they will conform to a preconceived `normal.'"
But Hawaii's best-known Republican -- former Gov. Linda Lingle -- has defended the education standards, which were created under the Bush administration.
Lingle, who works with the Bipartisan Policy Center, was one of five former Republican governors who spoke up this week at an event sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in Washington, D.C.
According to an account from the McClatchy Washington Bureau, the former governors worried that "disinformation from conservatives threatened to hijack" higher standards for students.
From the McClatchy report:
“If we fail to implement the Common Core and go back to the drawing board again, there’s going to be another generation that falls further behind internationally,” said former Hawaii Republican Gov. Linda Lingle.
Parents are right to complain about curricula or tests they don’t like, Lingle said. “But that’s not what the Common Core is.”