November 18, 2013

THIS ADMINISTRATION CAN’T RESIST MAKING RACIAL ATTACKS ON ITS CRITICS: Arne Duncan: ‘White suburban moms’ upset that Common Core shows their kids aren’t ‘brilliant.’

To me the interesting thing about the Common Core debate is that the opposition comes from a broad political spectrum, and that any policy that can only be defended by making racial attacks on its critics is probably a policy that can’t really be defended.

But wait, it gets worse:

The Common Core was designed to elevate teaching and learning. Supporters say it does that; critics say it doesn’t and that some of the standards, especially for young children, are not developmentally appropriate. Whichever side you fall on regarding the Core’s academic value, there is no question that their implementation in many areas has been miserable — so miserable that American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, a Core supporter, recently compared it to another particularly troubled rollout:

You think the Obamacare implementation is bad? The implementation of the Common Core is far worse.

Now that hurts. It’s almost enough to make you give up on government schools in general. . . . .

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