Big Business Supports Common Core

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Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil, wrote a Wall Street Journal commentary last week promoting Common Core.

Tillerson said:

We have an opportunity to reverse this trend but it will take setting the right priorities. That starts with establishing high standards. It means leaders from government and business, and parents, need to defend the Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted wholly or in part by dozens of states in recent years but are increasingly under attack from across the political spectrum.

FreedomWorks blogger Jeff Reynolds challenged Tillerson’s argument, including a comment from Tom Borelli, Senior Fellow with FreedomWorks:

If Tillerson really cared about education and his future employees he would endorse School Choice options allowing families to pick the educational choices for their children and keep education on the local – not national level. Of course, endorsing School Choice would alienate the teachers union and the Obama administration and risk regulatory retaliation against Exxon Mobile’s business interests.

Sadly, Tillerson’s endorsement of Common Core illustrates the lack of leadership and courage that exists in too many boardrooms.

All Americans should be concerned when the social and business elite promote a unified social policy.

For more information on Common Core, read FreedomWorks’ Top 10 Reasons to Oppose Common Core by Julie Borowski.