arne duncan and parenting
Arne Duncan and Corporate Education Reformers apparently don’t think highly of parental involvement in their children’s education. What did Duncan say at this parenting conference?  See below.

doyle-scienceteach.blogspot is a blog written by a science high school teacher.  Doyle has an interesting viewpoint on Arne Duncan’s recent verbal kerfuffle about suburban white women and the increasing opposition to Common Core.

From Advice for Arne Duncan, from one privileged white male to another…

Arne Duncan is a privileged white male–you could look it up. (The first clue  is his first name–“Arne” is a bit too precious for my tastes–I can say that because I am also a privileged white male.)

It’s fascinating to me to see how Arne breaks down demographics.

Let’s suppose there’s white/everyone-else, men/women, and suburban/urban/rural Americans. That gives us 12 permutations.  Go ahead, spin the wheel.

Read more here.

At Doyle’s suggestion read First They Came For Urban Black and Latino Moms (For Arne Duncan)  to discover how many education reformers think poorly of parents on the whole–regardless if they are Latino, Black or White:

A few months ago, I walked past a “successful” charter school here in Harlem, NY, speed-walking to get my school supplies for the coming school year. I noticed a huge crowd of mostly Black and Latino families all waiting to pick up their children when a taut, pony-tailed White man came out with a clipboard and yells, “Alright, parents, we need everyone to line up!” My inner voice yelled “What!?” at the entire scene. No one protested. A few snickered and rolled their eyes. They all got in one straight line, parallel to Malcolm X Boulevard to pick up their children.

This would have never gone down at a suburban school.

So which other ethnic group is the ed reform movement marginalizing?  What group is left to attack?  I’m thinking these attacks have less to do with ethnicity and more to do with not being on the “right side” of the education reform movement and special interests.  It is just easier for Duncan to pull the racial card on Common Core opposition instead of arguing the facts of the initiative.
Here’s an excerpt from the press release of Duncan’s appearance as keynote speaker at “Parenting Magazine’s Mom Congress on Education and Learning” in 2010.  Note the groups Duncan does appreciate.   Many of them receive Gates funding for initiatives such as Common Core.  Here’s a tip from my days as a young mother.  I was told “parents are the child’s best advocate”.   I learned quickly that it was code talk for “we want you to be an advocate in the way WE want you to advocate”.  Keep that in mind as you read Duncan’s statements.  It’s no wonder he blames white suburban moms for Common Core opposition.

51 Moms Win Trips to D.C. to Represent Their States at Parenting Magazine’s Mom Congress on Education, Learning Conference

Mom Congress Delegates Join Parenting, Education Secretary Duncan, Nation’s Leading Education Experts, Advocates at Georgetown University, May 2-4

April 29, 2010

WASHINGTON – Parenting magazine and Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies will kick off the first annual Mom Congress™ on Education and Learning Conference May 2 in Washington, D.C. Fifty-one moms, representing each state and Washington, D.C., were chosen to receive an all-expense paid trip to the event for their outstanding contributions and dedication to improving local schools. The Mom Congress on Education and Learning conference is presented by KinderCare, in partnership with LeapFrog.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will keynote the conference on Monday, May 3, where he will host a Town Hall meeting with Mom Congress delegates and hundreds of D.C.-area parents about the crucial role that parents play in helping implement America’s education goals for improving the country’s school system and the educational opportunities available to our nation’s children.

During the conference, the Mom Congress delegates will work towards creating Parenting’s “Lesson Plan for Change”, a guide to help empower parents nationwide to get more involved in their children’s education. Attendees will collaborate with members of the Mom Congress advisory board, which includes leaders from the National PTA, the National Education Association, PBS, MomsRising, the George Lucas Educational Foundation and others. Faculty members from Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies – the Mom Congress educational provider – will also lead sessions during the event, and the school will offer scholarships for non-credit courses to up to 10 outstanding mom advocates per semester.

Driven by the ever-increasing role that parents play in advocating for positive change in the education system, Parenting magazine launched the Mom Congress initiative in March 2009 to celebrate and connect moms fighting for better schools. Each month, the School Years edition of Parenting gives readers the education news and resources they need to make a difference, and highlights one of 17,000+ Mom Congress members whose efforts have brought about positive change for students.

“Preparing our children for success in school and in life is everyone’s responsibility, and as their child’s first teacher, parents have a crucial role to play,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “The members of the Mom Congress join countless parents and other family members across the country who are pushing for education reform from the classroom to the capitol—not just for their own children but for the children of their communities and our nation.”









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