Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Did Arne Duncan's attack on suburban parents help Trump win the election?

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Did Arne Duncan's attack on suburban parents help Trump win the election?:

Did Arne Duncan's attack on suburban parents help Trump win the election?

Arne Duncan at Boston DFER meeting supporting unfettered charter expansion. MA voters disagreed and defeated Question#2 and Trump in the process. 
It was back in 2013 parent protests against Common Core testing were bubbling up around the country and the opt-out movement was moving ahead full-steam.

Instead of uniting with or at least trying to understand parent/teacher discontent with testing madness, former Ed. Sec. Arne Duncan, representing Pres. Obamalashed out at what he called, "White suburban moms’ upset that Common Core shows their kids aren’t ‘brilliant’".


At anther appearance at the National Press Club in Washington, Duncan claimed that opposition to the Common Core testing had been fueled by “political silliness.” He told a convention of newspaper editors that his critics were misinformed at best and laboring under paranoid delusions at worst.

Aside from being a terribly misleading statement -- tens of thousands of urban parents, black, white and Latino joined the opt-out movement -- it was an insulting sting, not only for parents, but their children, that left a permanent mark. 

As a parent and grandparent of public school students, in a city like Chicago, where Duncan once ruled the education roost, I can tell you that calling parents "paranoid" and "delusional" is probably not the best way to win an election for your party. 

Did Duncan's disdain for white suburban parents have an impact last week's election results Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Did Arne Duncan's attack on suburban parents help Trump win the election?:


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