Arne Duncan Makes Moms MAD

arne-duncanOver the weekend in between speaking events in Western Kansas a group of us were discussing how the Common Core advocates are often labeled as “fringe” and part of the “tea party” when the opposition is far broader than that.  The consensus was surely they won’t go after moms will they?

Arne Duncan went there.  Oh boy did he go there.  We were obviously unaware of his remarks to a group of state school chiefs on Friday.

It’s fascinating to me that some of the pushback is coming from, sort of, white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were, and that’s pretty scary.  You’ve bet your house and where you live and everything on, “My child’s going to be prepared.” That can be a punch in the gut.

I thought that Secretary Duncan was smarter than that, but evidently he is not.

As far as the pushback is just coming from white suburban moms, yes that is a segment of the opposition, but not the only segment.  I obviously don’t fit that demographic.

Also the statement that “their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were…” assumes that bad test scores are really due to the standards being more “rigorous” rather than poor implementation and developmental inappropriateness.

When you ass-u-me something you know what that means right?

Based on Secretary Duncan’s remarks that really is fitting.  Now he’s made those “white suburban moms” MAD.  Watch out.

5 thoughts on “Arne Duncan Makes Moms MAD

  1. Shane, thank you for the “white suburban dad” voice in support of the moms of this country! While Arne chose to be divisive and finger “white suburban moms,” ALL children are hurt by Common Core, and race is simply not an issue. Poor testing has nothing to do with our children’s capabilities, and the attempt to paint our children as doing poorly to justify ill-conceived notions of school reform is a pathetic attempt to justify self-serving practices. All parents need to continue to stand together to heal our educational system.

    Quite frankly, if we weren’t making a difference, he would simply ignore us.

    And, you are right, Arne messed with the wrong group. When mom’s get MAD, we are a force to be reckoned with!

  2. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has insulted the Moms of America and our children! This MAD group is intended to be a gathering place where America’s Moms can show him that he picked the WRONG group to mess with!

    We are hoping to mobilize an ARMY OF MOMS across our nation to send a message to Secretary Duncan and to take back local control of our schools! We are MAD: Mom’s Against Duncan!

    MAD is non-partisan and apolitical and welcomes all concerned people of ANY race from the suburbs, the city or from rural areas.

  3. That’s funny, it has been my black suburban mom neighbor who has 3 children in GT classes who has been my source of information on what is wrong with the Common Core. Oh, and another neighbor who has brown hair doesn’t like it either. Oh, and our PTA Council President’s husband was arrested because he spoke out of turn at a Maryland State Dept of Ed informational forum on the Common Core… and I think he was wearing blue pants or maybe they were black pants. Oh and I’m wearing a green shirt while I write this………..since color has so much to do with this conversation about Common Core according to Arne Duncan.

  4. Bad public education policy hurts people who have less income much, much more than it hurts people who have more income. With more income people are much more likely to be able to compensate for any holes in their child’s public education K-12 experience. Holes from State Legislatures “fixing” curriculum to make outcomes look better (ex. 6 weeks of Algebra I curriculum dropped and replaced with “Data Analysis” so more kids would pass the No Child Left Behind mandated Algebra I High School Assessments which you needed to pass to obtain a High School Diploma); holes from the occasional (or for a few unlucky students…several in a row) highly ineffective teacher …only a fraction of the workforce I know but if your child has them for a year…they have a hole…. many moms/dads know the inside scoop and compensate with tutors or home training.

    We as voters must do better for those less fortunate than ourselves. We must search for and vote for candidates who will not treat our American public schools as their personal political playgrounds. There is too much potential being left on the table, just so we can give the money to someone’s political supporter.

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