This past Friday the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan came under fire after some comments he made in response to the backlash against the educational reforms known as the Common Core; a set of standards that have been adopted by 45 states... including Rhode Island.
Duncan said that white suburban moms oppose the Common Core because they are realizing their children are not as brilliant as they thought, and their schools are not as good as they thought. Duncan has come under criticism for the racial undertones in his comments...
The backlash against Duncan has been sever. The so-called "white suburban moms" have begun to respond claiming that they are not delusional about the "brilliance" or their children, they oppose Common Core because of its "one size fits all" philosophy and emphasis on high stakes testing. In addition, non-white parents have written to Duncan to let him know that they hate the Common Core as well, letting him know this is not a racial issue.
The point Duncan seems to miss is that some do not agree with the Common Core philosophy not because they fear the results of the test, but that the standards themselves are random and subjective. The fact of the matter is that the Common Core is unproven and it very well may be a partial savior of the educational system, but we need to recognize that it also may not be.
In ten years we may look back and say, "Thank heavens for the Common Core!" We may also say, "What a disaster the Common Core was." Only time will tell...