Another case point for the folly of Federally directed education and fads such as ‘No Child Left Behind’ and ‘Race to the Top’. Also shows to me how elitist and out of touch Washington is with the population.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan told an audience of state superintendents this afternoon that the Education Department and other Common Core supporters didn’t fully anticipate the effect the standards would have once implemented.
“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.”
Overcoming that will require communicating to parents that competition is now global, not local, he said.
To help overcome the issues created by poorly thought out Race to the Top and Common Core directives, goals and plans people need to go to their State Representatives and local Boards of Education. Too many children and families are being hurt by something that should be helping them.