Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) claimed on Monday that Common Core, a bipartisan effort to raise America's failing educational system and create national standards, is actually an evil plot by the federal government to "indoctrinate" and spread "socialism."
In reality, Common Core was started by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
According to The New York Times, Common Core was created to stop states from “lowering standards to make it easier for students to pass tests and for schools to avoid penalties under the 2002 federal No Child Left Behind law” signed by President Bush.
"No Child Left Behind" actually punishes schools with failing students by denying them funds, which results in lower test scores.
According to Right WingWatch.org (audio below), Rep. Bridenstine opposes Common Core because of his belief in American exceptionalism, a right wing claim that God has blessed America as being special.
Of course, "America" and "exceptionalism" are never mentioned in the Bible. The term actually came from writer Alexis de Tocqueville in the 1800s.
Rep. Bridenstine also tried to twist the phrase "Common Core" to make it sound below average and akin to socialism.
"You don’t have the federal government controlling opinions and indoctrinating students and teachers with what they want the public to learn, and basically what they want the public to learn is that which is ‘common’ which is why it’s called Common Core," claimed Rep. Bridenstine.
"I believe in exceptionalism and I think what Common Core does is it brings it all down to the lowest common denominator," added Rep. Bridenstine.
"It’s much like socialism. Socialism has been spreading poverty equally across the world and that’s not what we believe in," said Rep. Bridenstine. "We believe in exceptionalism and that’s what our country should be advancing, not commonality."
Of course, Common Core actually sets common education standards and doesn't stop anyone from "advancing."