Is Parenthood the Reason Bobby Jindal Abandoned Common Core?


||| Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons

As a once passionate supporter of the Common Core, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal surprised many with his 180-degree reversal earlier this year. Much of the commentary that followed viewed this flip-flop as politically motivated, and an indication that Gov. Jindal was planning to run for president.

As Reason's Robby Soave noted in June:

Common Core is especially unpopular among the conservative grassroots, given that the federal government is vigorously pushing it and has incentivized states to adopt it in exchange for grant money. The controversy has made Common Core an important political issue heading into the 2014 and 2016 election cycles, and it's going to be very difficult for Core-supportive candidates to survive in the more competitive Republican primaries.

Given that, Jindal's shifting perspective on Common Core is probably an indicator that he is going to run.

However, in a speech given to the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday, Gov. Jindal provided another possibility–that his sudden opposition may have been motivated, at least in part, by his experience as a parent. Gov. Jindal told a story about his son's frustration with the way math is taught under the Common Core. Despite providing the correct answers, the governor's son had to deal with explaining the reasons for why his answers were correct (see Jindal's speech in the video below).

It's impossible to know whether Jindal's own experience with the Common Core played a part in his change of position, or whether it was merely a useful anecdote. But it raises the question of what America would be like if politicians had to directly experience the effects of the legislation they vote on.

NEXT: Obama Administration Says 7.3 Million Paid Enrollments in Obamacare Exchanges as of August

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. I can’t read Jindal’s mind. But I don’t see how a politician for once actually being on the receiving end of some idiotic policy causing them to change their position could be a bad thing. Jindal for whatever reason didn’t’ understand how idiotic common core really is. Well, now he does. At the very least this shows he is capable of learning from experience. That puts him miles ahead of 90% of the people in politics today.

    Most politicians response to this would have been to just send their kids to private school and continue to support common core for the proles.

    1. I agree with you and it’s natural for politicians to change their minds. Just look at Obama on gay marriage. He was for it, then against it, and now he’s for it.

  2. I get the irritation with HOW c.c. is being implemented. I understand the resistance to what is behind c.c..

    However, my kids have been using c.c. in a small country Ohio school for the last couple years and I just don’t see the issue with it. The math aspect is actually pretty decent in my view. It is different from the old way but not necessarily worse.

    1. If there is a real issue with it, it is that it is a solution imposed by Washington. If the people in your school district like it, great. The problem for me is that it takes away local control of education.

  3. Gilligan, my boy!

    1. Bigger dork Jindal or Obama? I am thinking Jindal. Unlike Obama Jindal is a Rhoades scholar and really is very intelligent. And I guarantee you Jindal was never a member of the choom gang in high school.

      Obama’s lower IQ and dope smoking and later coke snorting are very undork like and give Jindal the edge.

  4. Jindal is a seriously smart guy and super experienced. He also clearly a more competent speaker than Obama. No teleprompter and still speaks well.

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.