Arne Duncan on those Pesky White Suburban Moms
"UPDATE": There are a growing number of brown-skinned mothers and fathers speaking out about Arne Duncan's extrememly divisive comments. Here you'll find the latest one from a different perspective that points out his slyly hidden racist remarks toward brown-skinned families, as well. After all, it's not only "white" mothers who live in the suburbs, although Arne may have missed that memo.
During a meeting on November 15th, Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education, spoke to a group of state school superintendents about Common Core and the growing, outspoken opposition. Duncan has always been a controversial choice for his job, considering he was the CEO of Chicago public schools, which has some of the lowest scores in the entire country, before accepting the position of Sec. of Ed., but during this meeting, Duncan may have finally shoved his foot so far down his throat he won't recover.
During the meeting he is quoted as stating:
“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.”
So, it's only "white, suburban moms" who are opposed to Common Core? No. No, actually, it's not. There are a plethora of parents, not only moms, who are up in arms over this blatant takeover of the public education system. Consider the father who was man-handled out of a meeting in Maryland just last month, then arrested for speaking out against Common Core. All charges were dropped against Mr. Robert Smalls once the outcry became so much the police department couldn't handle the barrage of incoming calls demanding that Mr. Smalls be released for speaking out for his children. After all, schools work for the parents, not the other way around.
Consider that all 50 states have a Facebook group with multiple members who are opposed to Common Core. By the way, everyone one of those groups are a diverse mix of colors, and genders.
Arne's words are racist, sexist, misogynistic slander that shouldn't be ignored. It's time that parents aren't considered demons because they don't want their kids to become economic tools of the state. It's time that parents aren't only considered "helpful", if they agree with the system's ideas of what is good for their kids.
It's a little scary when a Secretary of Education can stand in a public meeting and spout these racist remarks and the media is unconcerned. It's equally scary that this man has tried to pretend like these "standards" will equalize education, but openly admits they haven't even been tested. It's sad that he's ignoring the fact that schools across the United States are saying they aren't working and they aren't even fully implemented. These kids are our future, and Common Core is not the way.
If you'd like to read more of Arne's disastrous meeting, you can find much of it here:
A petition was started today to remove Mr. Duncan from his position of judging parents, instead of focusing on education, which has fallen to all time lows during his time in the Sec. of Education seat. It's time for Duncan to put up, or shut up.