At the candidate forum held in Parma, the leading question dealt with Common Core standards. Some of the incumbents attempted to explain why they voted for common core, but claim to oppose it. I was appalled. According to them, the standards were presented as a regular rule change request by the board, and they did not recognize it for what it actually was because it did not contain the term "Common Core". So now, are we supposed to believe that we have Common Core being implemented in Idaho because we have a legislature that is incapable of knowing what they vote for? That thought is pretty scary!
The Idaho Press-Tribune released an article reporting on the candidate forum. My opponent was quoted in the article as follows:
“I want our kids in Idaho to have the same opportunities that my grandson, who goes to school in Virginia, has,” District 9 [sic] Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, R-Caldwell said. She said the standards have been misunderstood.
Later in the article, after reporting on a couple of candidates that oppose Common Core, it mentioned the following about me:
"District 11 Senate candidate Gregory Collett, R-Caldwell, agreed. He said he couldn’t support government control in education."
The article leaves one with the assumption that I agreed with the idea of local control rather than federal standards. That is a misrepresentation of my position. I actually believe in parental control over education, not government control, and that holds true whether that government is federal, state, or local.
Most of my comments were not reported. As I answered the question, I explained that Common Core was not the real issue. The issue was about parents having the responsibility to educate their own children, not government. Individuals do not have the right to dictate the education of other people's children, so they cannot legitimately assign that right to government. If they do choose to use the force of government to accomplish that purpose, which is exactly what public schools are all about, then they are simply violating the parental rights of others.
I also explained that public education was a communistic principle, the 10th plank of the Communist Manifesto. Public funding of education amounts to a large welfare program. If people really care about the quality of education, then they should recognize than the private sector, in general, produces a far better education that the public sector. I believe that most parents, if given the choice between a public or private education, and the cost was not of concern, would choose a private solution.