Why Louis C.K.’s Common Core comments touched a nerve

Why Louis C.K.’s Common Core comments touched a nerve

Well before he made Common Core a prime topic on The Late Show With David Letterman, comedian Louis C.K. was raising a ruckus over the testing standards on Twitter. His comments angered a some people and put him at the center of the debate over the Common Core standards.

Louis is the father of two girls who attend New York City public schools, and his tweets set off Alexander Nazaryan of Newsweek. Nazaryan cited his own experience as a teacher to defend the standards.

Nazaryan said he was “dismayed” because C.K.’s celebrity give his opinions a huge platform. He also worried that people might take Louis C.K. seriously because he isn’t “a shill for the unions nor a far-left conspiracy theorist. He is, instead, a New York City public school parent who has the ears and eyeballs of millions across the nation, not to mention his 3 million Twitter followers. And he has used that bully pulpit to malign an earnest effort at education reform, one that is far too young to be judged so harshly,” Nazaryan wrote.

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