Arne Duncan insults teachers and parents everywhere.

Arne Duncan walked back his infamous “white suburban
moms” comment earlier today chalking it up to him just being in artful
Speaking
to CNN, Duncan said: “My wording, my phrasing, was a little clumsy and I
apologize for that.”
Mind
you he’s not really apologizing for what he said, he’s apologizing for having
not saying it better.
You
know I get a little tired hearing about preparing all students to be globally competitive
and the notion that all it will take to do so is higher standards. Common Core
does absolutely nothing to address poverty. 
Nothing and poverty not low standards is the number one problem facing
our education system and the proof is out here. When controlled for poverty American
students do well against international competition. Duncan and the other ed deformers
ignore this fact and expect us to believe all it will take is higher standards to
turn around schools in neighborhoods filled with poverty. As if they will somehow
fill bellies, make kids feel safe and get parents involved.
Duncan
went on to say, “I didn’t say them perfectly, and I apologize for
that,” he added. “My point is that children from every demographic
across this country need a well-rounded, world-class education and frankly we
have challenges not just in our inner cities but in our suburban areas to and
we need to have honest conversations about that.”
Yes
let’s have a conversation about a well rounded education for all our children
and let’s start with the education he received at the Chicago Lab School. You
know the education with expansive art options, smaller classes and that shied
away from high stakes standardized tests. He’s not pushing for that type of education
for the nation’s children. I wonder if he thinks the kids at exclusive prep
schools need higher standards.
Duncan’s
message is clear, if you are against common core you are either a nut job or against
kids being successful in life. He ignores legitimate concerns like costs,
doubling down on tests, it is untested, it’s one size fits all and the fact
that it ignores poverty. Duncan who has never taught a day in his life can’t
understand that more and more people are against Common Core because they do
care about their and others children and not because they are against anything connected
even remotely to Obama and the federal government.

Duncan
insults parents and teachers everywhere and not just with his callous remarks but
with his untested corporate policies too. 

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