In what many consider a condescending attitude, one of the Obama administration cabinet members has very publicly stated that he is personally “fascinated” that, as he put it, certain “white suburban moms” oppose the new Common Core educational standards, as reported by The Washington Post on Nov. 16, 2013.
The U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stated at a gathering of school superintendents that he’s at a loss as to why the rollout of the controversial Common Core Standards has been met with more than just a little grassroots opposition:
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.
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Underreported by many in the national media, the introduction of Common Core has been so disastrous that one of its more hard-core supporters, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten stated:
You think the ObamaCare implementation is bad?
The implementation of the Common Core is far worse.
“Investigative” Math vs. Real Math…
As reported by Fox News on Sept. 4, 2013, critics of Common Core warned of “fuzzy math” where as an example, 3 multiplied by 4 really could equal eleven just as long as the student in question was able to deliver a convincing argument as to how and why he came up with clearly the wrong answer.
Stanford Professor Emeritus of Mathematics James Milgram, the only mathematician on the Common Core Validation Committee to refuse to sign off on the new mathematics standards, assailed them before the Texas legislature in May, 2011 as:
In large measure a political document that, in spite of a number of real strengths, is written at a very low level and does not adequately reflect our current understanding of why the math programs in the high achieving countries give dramatically better results.
According to The Common Core Math Standards official website, on page 16 under the subsection “Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract” the standard of “reasoning” takes precedence over factually deducing the correct answer.
Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have implemented Common Core, but the Washington Post notes that “some states are reconsidering.”
Obama Administration May Use Common Core…
As an interesting aside, the official White House website incorrectly notes that the Secretary of State is next in the order of succession to the Presidency after the Vice President. In fact, the line of succession includes both the Speaker of the House (a post currently occupied by Rep. John Boehner) and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate (currently Patrick Leahy) between the Veep and Secretary of State. Could Obama be trying to showcase his faith in Common Core but presenting this misinformation, and if so is he willing to “show his work” in order to receive full credit?