Governor Jerry Brown is certainly the most interesting and thoughtful state leader on education.
In 2009, when he was state attorney general, he wrote a blistering rebuke to Arne Duncan in opposition to Race to the Top.
He has consistently opposed the overemphasis on standardized testing.
In 2011, he vetoed legislation that didn’t go far enough to stop the misuse of test scores.
Earlier this year the state suspended state testing to prepare for Common Core testing, defying Duncan’s specific order to continue state testing.
Several days ago, Brown blasted state and national standards and tests, saying that learning was highly personal and individual. He said that neither Washington nor Sacramento should play a large role in telling teachers what to teach and what students should learn. He is especially critical of standardized testing.
This is all amazing, not only because a governor with a national profile is saying this but because California has committed more than a billion dollars to adopting the Common Core standards.
Which raises the question, Does Governor Brown know that the state is doing what he says he opposes?