Common Core: Arne Duncan speaks to “white moms” opposing reform, “your child, not as bright as you thought they were”
On Friday, November 15th, 2013, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in a meeting with state education chiefs and Superintendents spoke regarding opposition to the Common Core State Standards.
Speaking to parents, “white moms” upset with test results and weaknesses within the educational system Duncan had this to say:
“I find it fascinating that opponents include “white suburban moms” who — all of a sudden discovered that their child isn’t as bright as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.”
Duncan apologized on Monday afternoon for the remark.
According to CNN, Duncan said: “My wording, my phrasing, was a little clumsy and I apologize for that.”
Soccer moms, those “white moms”, dads, parents, teachers and basically anyone concerned about how Common Core will affect their children have been completely dismissed by Duncan and with one comment has shown his insensitivity for parents concerned or opposed to Common Core.
The failure of the elite left swept up
in their own personal bubble of self righteousness have once again failed to listen to the populace that speaks against their so called weak reform measures.
Duncan is talking to concerned parents, who happen to be white, injecting race unnecessarily into a bitter fight over common core, deliberately talking down to parents as if to shame them into shutting up? Where is his shame?
Duncan fails to recognize that these “white moms,” these suburban moms, are mothers that care deeply about their children and what they are exposed to on a daily basis. Did he directly infer that “black moms” or other minorities don’t care about the education of their children?
The disconnect of the education elite to not be sensitive to parents and teachers concerns is mind boggling to me.
It seems in a perfect world the steam roller approach to education reform would not be necessary to apply. It seems a collective approach encompassing all would be the preferred, less controversial approach to reform.
One could argue that this block of mothers are driving the successes we have today and why are you trying to shame them into submission?
To somehow minimize this concern and underhand a mothers efforts to assure her child receives a top notch education is beyond conceptual thought.
This recent “verbal blunder” by Duncan shows a willful intent to nationalize our educational system and concerned parents are not gonna stop him.
It is evident that they will leave no one standing that dares to stand in their way of it’s implementation, fully revealing it’s purpose.
Duncan by his actions and speech confirms that the US Department of Education is not concerned with parents concerns about common core, its going forward regardless, instead focusing only on the standards and raising test scores, not well intended opposition.
We have seen this locally also where many “private meetings” are being held without parent input or allowed attendance. Parents! You are not a necessary ingredient in this recipe of reform!
Duncan revealed his true feelings when he said “their child isn’t as bright as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.”
This seems to echo Michelle Rhees type reform measures passed down to Tennessee Education Czar, her ex husband, Huffman and his little lap dog TN Governor Bill Haslam, where the impetus is that teachers and parents are why education in the US is so bad.
The top down bashing by the Secretary of Education speaks volumes of his agenda.
There is a bigger picture and we got a glimpse of it Friday and it is bigger than you and I.
We are in the way and the education plow is going to get you out of the way so their agenda can be fulfilled, regardless of how you think.
My immediate questions are this and I would like for you to ponder these thoughts. How are education reformist going to explain Common Core failures to a group of angry moms that tried to tell them it wouldn’t work in the first place?” How can raising standards assure academic success? Doesn’t it take a village to educate a child? Doesnt it take an engaged white mom, or any mom or dad to raise the level of their childs education by being deeply involved in their education? I would love to be a fly on the wall when that day arrives as poor results trickle in and parents realize that indeed, our kids are not as smart as we thought they were.
White moms and dads, everyone regardless of race, everywhere, stay engaged. Continue to attend school board meetings and demand your voice be heard on this issue. Write blogs, contact your elected officials and post info on social websites and make more people aware. This is our only defense. Get more active, stay active.
For Duncan to make such an insensitive racial comment shows me we are over the target, where the flak is heaviest and we are being heard!
We are where we need to be!
Sources of info:
CNN reports on “White Mom” comment.
(Video) Fox News Megan Kelley reports on Duncan white mom comment.
Politico reports on “white mom” comment.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan apologizes for “White Mom” comment.