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The white suburban moms must reform their way of thinking.

Common Core discussion now takes a racial and sexist turn.  It’s not by the tea party types.  The twist comes from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as he blames the ever increasing scrutiny on Common Core adoption and implementation on mothers, specifically white suburban mothers.  From

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a group of state schools superintendents Friday that he found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from “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.”

….On Friday, Duncan spoke in Richmond, Va., about the growing opposition to Common Core and their implementation in states around the country before a meeting of the Council of Chief State Schools Officers Organization. Education Department communications chief Massie Ritsch said in an e-mail that he does not believe that there is a full transcript of Duncan’s remarks, but he referred to the following write-up from Politico’s Libby Nelson, who was at the event:

Education Secretary Arne Duncan told an audience of state superintendents this afternoon that the Education Department and other Common Core supporters didn’t fully anticipate the effect the standards would have once implemented.

“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,” Duncan said. “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.”

Overcoming that will require communicating to parents that competition is now global, not local, he said.


You can read the rest of the article here and as the time of this MEW posting, there were 623 comments.  Silly white suburban white women.  They just need to understand Arne Duncan is so much smarter about what their children need.   How dare they, as taxpayers and parents, question and push back on this administration’s blueprint for education?

White suburban moms (and others) have every right to question a policy that was adopted without meaningful public knowledge, circumvented state legislature/voter approval and violates three Federal statutes.  To blame Common Core opposition on supposed parent outrage that parents are finding their kids aren’t so brilliant now is the statement of an angry bureaucrat who sees his signature policy crumbling.

Message to Arne Duncan: your messaging won’t work.  We know the facts about Common Core adoption/implementation.  You can’t educate us on why we’re so stupid and why Common Core is “good for us”.  You’ve had the last 3 1/2 years to clue us in.  Why have you waited until now?


Here’s a Facebook group to join if you find the Secretary’s remarks egregious:

Moms Against Duncan (MAD)

We are OUTRAGED by Arne Duncan’s misguided and condescending statement about Moms and their children!

Please join us and invite your friends to join this Mom’s movement to show Arne Duncan how MAD he has made the Moms of America!


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