US Educ Dept Sec'y: White suburban moms are paranoid fringe because they oppose Common CoreSubmitted by egapele on Thu, 11/21/2013 - 11:09
My summary of the words of U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan based on an op-ed he wrote and what he told a group of state schools superintendents last week -- see for yourself:
Arne Duncan: 'White suburban moms' upset that Common Core shows their kids aren’t 'brilliant'
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."
The Common Core has become a rallying cry for fringe groups that claim it is a scheme for the federal government to usurp state and local control of what students learn. An op-ed in the New York Times called the Common Core 'a radical curriculum.' It is neither radical nor a curriculum. ... When the critics can’t persuade you that the Common Core is a curriculum, they make even more outlandish claims. They say that the Common Core calls for federal collection of student data. For the record, it doesn't, we’re not allowed to, and we won’t. And let’s not even get into the really wacky stuff: mind control, robots, and biometric brain mapping.