Hillary: 'How Our Kids are Educated' is a 'NON-FAMILY Enterprise'

Barbara Boland | April 15, 2015
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Educating “the next generation” is “the most important non-family enterprise” we have, said presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to a six-person round-table at her first campaign stop in Iowa.

Hillary’s statement came in response to a question from one of the members of the panel, Diane, a high school English teacher. In a long and winding question, Diane said: “I think we’re very blessed to live where we do… we have all these opportunities… and I worry that not all of America gets to experience this treasure that we have, and I think the Common Core curriculum is a wonderful step in the right direction of improving American education and it’s painful to see that attacked.”

“I’m just wondering what you can do to bring that heart back to education in the United States?” asked Diane.  “What can we do so that parents, communities, and businesses believe in education and that teachers… are respected…?”

“Wow, that is really a powerful, touching comment that I absolutely embrace,” said Hillary.

“When I think about the really unfortunate argument that’s been going on around Common Core, it’s really …painful,” she said, using Diane’s exact word.

Without addressing the deeply unpopular curriculum’s critics, Clinton spoke of Common Core’s apolitical beginnings, before saying:

“Your question is really a larger one: how did we end up at a point where we are so negative about the most important non-family enterprise in the raising of the next generation, which is how our kids are educated.”

Hillary continued: “There are a lot of explanations for that I suppose, but whatever they are, we need to try to get back into a broad conversation where people will actually listen to each other again, and try to come up with solutions for problems, because the problems here in Monticello aren’t the same problems you’ll find in the inner city… that’s a given, we have to do things differently, but it should all be driven by the same commitment, to try to make sure we do educate every child.”

“That’s why I was a senator and voted for Leave No Child Behind because I thought every child should matter… every child should have the same opportunity,” said Hillary.



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