Common Core Craziness

by Ryan on November 17, 2013

in Economy,Education,Election 2014,Politics,Stupid government

The Common Core is an attempt to nationalize the US education system in a way never before attempted.  It is skill-based, not content-based, and is not being phased in but thrust upon everyone all at once before enough long-term studies can be done on its actual worth.  It’s not adding to existing standards, it seeks to replace them.

Like my climate skepticism, I get concerned when we’re dumping billions towards amorphously undefined goals promoted by crony capitalist/corporatist interests using standards not fully vetted.  Call me crazy!  States accepted it without much thought and with the promise of more federal funds.  Without thinking beyond dollars and cents, they just embraced it — everybody else was doing it.

Anyway, last week a high school student dismantled the Common Core, articulating many of the concerns those of us (like me) have in implementing it.  Michelle Malkin has been all over this issue as well.  In response to this recent onslaught of CC negativity across the country, Education Secretary Arne Duncan responded this way [my emphasis]:

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.

“White suburban moms” upset that their children are not so “brilliant?”  Did he really go there?  When did Common Core become a race or gender thing?  Where is the evidence that Common Core is actually going to prepare our kids properly?  What an ass.

Like Obamacare, this issue impacts everyone everywhere and as Malkin has suggested, this should be an important sleeper issue in subsequent elections.

UPDATE:  Arne Duncan finally got around to apologize (kind of) for the above remarks.  If these were the ol’ Bush days 1) he never would have said it and 2) he’d be unemployed at the moment.

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