Arne Duncan’s War on Women and Children


110103_arne_duncan_face_ap_328Just when you thought the Obama administration couldn’t antagonize America any further, along comes Education Secretary Arne Duncan. He didn’t just attack “white suburban moms” and children over their criticism of the Common Core “standards”/testing/data-mining program. The feds’ top educrat also managed to insult every one of the nation’s minority families and educators who oppose Fed Ed’s threat to academic excellence, local control and student privacy.

On Friday, while defending the beleaguered Common Core program in a meeting with state school superintendents, Duncan unleashed a brazen race and class warfare attack on grassroots foes. As The Washington Post reported, Duncan sneered that he found it “fascinating” that the revolt came from “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.”

As a brown-skinned suburban mom opposed to Common Core, I can tell you I’ve personally met moms and dads of all races, ethnicities, backgrounds and parts of the country over the past year who have sacrificed to get their kids into the best schools possible. They are outraged that dumbed-down, untested federal “standards” pose an existential threat to their excellent educational arrangements — be they public, private, religious or homeschooling.

Duncan’s derision exposes the very control-freak impulses that drive Common Core. He condescendingly implies that the only reason “white suburban moms” object to Common Core is that their children are too dumb to score well on tests — which, by the firsthand accounts of educators from urban New York City schools to rural Kentucky schools to every corner of the country, are a complete and utter mess.

Thousands of moms and dads immediately took to social media to speak truth to bigoted Fed Ed power. The nonpartisan Mothers Against Duncan (MAD) group on Facebook declared: “Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has insulted the Moms of America and our children! This MAD group is intended to be a gathering place where America’s Moms can show him that he picked the WRONG group to mess with!”

Patti McKelvey wrote: “I am so angry about the latest comment out of Arne Duncan’s mouth.

I find it incredibly insulting. I am a clinical laboratory technologist. I have two (master’s) degrees. I am a grandmother. He has stirred a real hornet’s nest now — white suburban middle-class women should not be messed with. Nor should parents of any race, creed or religion who care about their (children’s) education.”

Daphne Scott Yuhas posted: “I ain’t white, and it doesn’t matter a damn, but I am a Mom, and I am now in angry Mommy Bear mode! Watch out!”

Elle Commanderr, a “white former urban now suburban pissed off mom,” directly addressed Duncan: “Education without representation is as egregious as taxation without representation. Our children are not YOUR children nor do we wish to ‘assimilate’ them to this nonsense in ANY area I know of … suburban, urban or otherwise.”

Michigan homeschool mom Karen Braun, who signed her letter to Duncan “Your boss,” ripped the tone-deaf bureaucrat: “Secretary Duncan, you and the feds may control the purse strings, but WE (moms of every color and location) control our ‘brilliant’ children’s shoe strings. We have the final authority, and we’re saying no to your ‘higher standard’ and your high stakes tests… YOU work for US! Get that right, and you and the mothers of America will get along a whole lot better.”

Duncan now says his dog-whistle tirade was clumsily worded. But he’s used the same talking points before. What’s crystal clear is that Duncan and his top-down dictators presume that only technocratic elites in Washington can determine what quality standards and curricula look like. He pretends that minority parents and students in inner-city charter and magnet schools with rigorous locally crafted classical education missions simply don’t exist. A textbook liberal racist, Duncan whitewashes all minority parents and educators who oppose Common Core out of the debate.

This is a White House war on uppity women and children of all colors. Duncan’s a bigot, a bully, an elitist and a foot-in-mouth fool all rolled into one — and he continues to enjoy the support of the president. The relentless Beltway attacks on Common Core critics also give lie to the oft-repeated claim that the top-down initiative was “state-led” and grassroots. It should not go unnoticed that the most vocal and defensive advocates of the beleaguered Fed Ed boondoggle are not local teachers or parents, but pale-faced Beltway bureaucrats and their corporate allies.

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  • truebearing

    Fool that he is, Duncan didn’t stop to think — not that thinking would likely help him — that these “dumb” white kids are dumb because of an education system ruined by leftist idiots like himself. Duncan is likewise too stupid to realize that his contempt for the white kids means he necessarily has even more for minorities, who are doing much worse than those dumb white kids. Smooth move, Arne.

    Are women waking up to the reality that they have been used by a party that can’t conceal its contempt for them, or their kids? I hope so. All of the sweet nothings, aka promises, that have been whispered in their ears have turned out to be just that, nothings.

    • tagalog

      But the left will respect them in the morning.

    • TienBing

      “… kids are dumb because of an education system ruined by leftist idiots like himself.” Exactly. Arne is too dumb to note the irony of using the results of his policies to lambast the victims of those policies.

  • tagalog

    Arne Duncan: just another left-wing putz. I’m all for holding his worthless feet to the fire, but did anyone really expect anything else from the kind of people who currently hold power in our society?

  • tagalog

    Arne Duncan: just another left-wing putz. I’m all for holding his worthless feet to the fire, but did anyone really expect anything else from the kind of people who currently hold power in our society?

    • chuck

      Arne Duncan has an impressive record.

      He has a B.S. in sociology. He then went to play 5 years of professional basketball.

      “In 1992 childhood friend and investment banker John W. Rogers, Jr., appointed Duncan director of the Ariel Education Initiative, a program mentoring children at one of the city’s worst-performing elementary schools and then assisting them as they proceeded further in the education system. After the school closed in 1996, Duncan and Rogers were instrumental in re-opening it as a charter school, Ariel Community Academy. In 1999, Duncan was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff for former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas” -wiki

      From there he was made CEO of Chicago Public Schools andf the Educaton Secretary.

      I a surprised that Democrats are not talking about running him for senator from Illinois if not for the presidency itself.

      This guy has been so fast track by politicos he thinks everything is easy.

      • tagalog

        A BS in sociology. Wow. Oh, maybe he got that while he was on the college basketball team. Probably how he came to the attention of our Esteemed Leader. AND he’s a left-wing putz.

        He mentored children at one of the city’s worst-performing elementary schools and “assisted them as they proceeded further in the education system?” Now THERE’S a high point of achievement.

  • tagalog

    But the left will respect them in the morning.

  • TienBing

    “… kids are dumb because of an education system ruined by leftist idiots like himself.” Exactly. Arne is too dumb to note the irony of using the results of his policies to lambast the victims of those policies.

  • nomoretraitors

    I have to wonder how many of those “white suburban moms” voted for Obama. Oh well, I guess they can take comfort in the free birth control Obama promised them

  • nomoretraitors

    I have to wonder how many of those “white suburban moms” voted for Obama. Oh well, I guess they can take comfort in the free birth control Obama promised them

  • chuckie2u

    The perception is Duncan’s Dummy’s are working to suppress the upward mobile middle class from having their kids as educated as the Party Elites kids. As the Political Left works hard to have a two class society they have to start with a lower standard of education for the masses.

  • chuckie2u

    The perception is Duncan’s Dummy’s are working to suppress the upward mobile middle class from having their kids as educated as the Party Elites kids. As the Political Left works hard to have a two class society they have to start with a lower standard of education for the masses.

  • nomoretraitors

    “Our children are not YOUR children ”
    Au contraire, madam. Messed up Harris Perry says the children belong to society (aka the collective, the commune)

  • nomoretraitors

    “Our children are not YOUR children ”
    Au contraire, madam. Messed up Harris Perry says the children belong to society (aka the collective, the commune)

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    http://clarespark.com/2010/09/22/links-to-arne-duncan-blogs/. The Harvard Graduate School of Education deified Arne Duncan after he was appointed. He had never been in a classroom as a teacher struggling with children and curriculum. “Links to Arne Duncan blogs.” Read at least the first two.

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    http://clarespark.com/2010/09/22/links-to-arne-duncan-blogs/. The Harvard Graduate School of Education deified Arne Duncan after he was appointed. He had never been in a classroom as a teacher struggling with children and curriculum. “Links to Arne Duncan blogs.” Read at least the first two.

  • russell owl

    common core advocates, many teachers, elites, curriculum designers, etc, all want to ” teach children HOW to think”. it is hilarious coming from any Duncan Dupes. children are born with the faculties in place to be able to think. denying them content and enforcing utopian fantasies and criticism is not teaching them how to think it is perverting and psychologically manipulating their minds and that is abuse. we are all to aware of its results on our young.
    critical thinking, understood to be discernment of knowledge to form thoughts and opinions, by the average person who is unaware of CRITICAL THEORY AND CRITICAL PEDAGOGY, ideology which is meant by educrat common core proponants when they say ” critical thinking”.
    these ideologies are chock full of the anti western hatred and socialist subversion intended by common core but hidden in vague and misleading language. oh so clever and intellectual with a pedagocal history going back to Piaget. his language ” intoxicated with itself” is that of the emperors new clothes. the ultimate teacher of double talk.
    these ideas of the frankfurt school and liberation theology are purposefully and carefully hidden in the inebriatred lexicon of common core. case in point, Arne Duncan. unable to articulate without the script.

  • russell owl

    common core advocates, many teachers, elites, curriculum designers, etc, all want to ” teach children HOW to think”. it is hilarious coming from any Duncan Dupes. children are born with the faculties in place to be able to think. denying them content and enforcing utopian fantasies and criticism is not teaching them how to think it is perverting and psychologically manipulating their minds and that is abuse. we are all to aware of its results on our young.
    critical thinking, understood to be discernment of knowledge to form thoughts and opinions, by the average person who is unaware of CRITICAL THEORY AND CRITICAL PEDAGOGY, ideology which is meant by educrat common core proponants when they say ” critical thinking”.
    these ideologies are chock full of the anti western hatred and socialist subversion intended by common core but hidden in vague and misleading language. oh so clever and intellectual with a pedagocal history going back to Piaget. his language ” intoxicated with itself” is that of the emperors new clothes. the ultimate teacher of double talk.
    these ideas of the frankfurt school and liberation theology are purposefully and carefully hidden in the inebriatred lexicon of common core. case in point, Arne Duncan. unable to articulate without the script.

    • chad

      I do not think most Americans know that the left gets it’s ideals from Communist think tanks such as the Frankfort School.

      If they knew about the Frankfort School and critical theory they would not elect so many Democrats.

  • Truthchecker

    The Education Dept has a reputation as the dumbest and most unprofessional of federal agencies. Just take a look at Duncan.

  • Truthchecker

    The Education Dept has a reputation as the dumbest and most unprofessional of federal agencies. Just take a look at Duncan.

  • JamesJ

    Duncan did a great job with the Chicago schools. He is also tolerant of pedophilia

  • JamesJ

    Duncan did a great job with the Chicago schools. He is also tolerant of pedophilia

  • SoCalMike

    Someone please just spit in this guys face and punch him out.

  • SoCalMike

    Someone please just spit in this guys face and punch him out.

    • tickletik

      I don’t think it would be right to spit in his face. He might be the sort that gets off on it.

  • Jeff Ludwig

    I’m an uppity male who is also a recovering Ivy Leaguer. Common Core is abysmal. It has not been reviewed and debated by any state legislature. It is a product of bureacracy and the combined influence of various educational publishers like Cengage and Houghton Mifflin, and NGOs operating to reform the system. Listen to Paul Horton on YouTube or read my articles on this subject at americanthinker.com and frontpagemag.com. Charlotte Iserbyt is also an important voice in the present anti-Common Core family of parents and educators. There is an unmistaken totalitarian impulse in Common Core. It comes just when the federal government has made its most grasping move with Obamacare as well as the NSA and IRS scandals. Mothers of the world unite! Your voices must counteract the egotism and bogus plans of the Ivy-trained left wingers.

  • Jeff Ludwig

    I’m an uppity male who is also a recovering Ivy Leaguer. Common Core is abysmal. It has not been reviewed and debated by any state legislature. It is a product of bureacracy and the combined influence of various educational publishers like Cengage and Houghton Mifflin, and NGOs operating to reform the system. Listen to Paul Horton on YouTube or read my articles on this subject at americanthinker.com and frontpagemag.com. Charlotte Iserbyt is also an important voice in the present anti-Common Core family of parents and educators. There is an unmistaken totalitarian impulse in Common Core. It comes just when the federal government has made its most grasping move with Obamacare as well as the NSA and IRS scandals. Mothers of the world unite! Your voices must counteract the egotism and bogus plans of the Ivy-trained left wingers.

  • Recondobilly

    Thanks Michelle, and as usual brilliant. The hubris and arrogance of the left is so in your face now that I wonder at thier perceived power. This has been building for so long and is so institutionalized I fear we may never reatain our former status as an educated, free thinking people. Our kids can’t do math but they know who to hate.

  • Recondobilly

    Thanks Michelle, and as usual brilliant. The hubris and arrogance of the left is so in your face now that I wonder at thier perceived power. This has been building for so long and is so institutionalized I fear we may never reatain our former status as an educated, free thinking people. Our kids can’t do math but they know who to hate.

  • http://www.shugartmedia.com/ Chris Shugart

    I don’t think Duncan meant to be insulting. The backlash may have even surprised him. There are leftists that are so hard-wired into their progressive mindset that they can’t conceive of the possibility that they might be wrong. You may as well be arguing against gravity. Disagree and you’re viewed as fundamentally deficient. Ironic, isn’t it?

  • http://www.shugartmedia.com/ Chris Shugart

    I don’t think Duncan meant to be insulting. The backlash may have even surprised him. There are leftists that are so hard-wired into their progressive mindset that they can’t conceive of the possibility that they might be wrong. You may as well be arguing against gravity. Disagree and you’re viewed as fundamentally deficient. Ironic, isn’t it?

  • chuck

    Arne Duncan has an impressive record.

    He has a B.S. in sociology. He then went to play 5 years of professional basketball.

    “In 1992 childhood friend and investment banker John W. Rogers, Jr., appointed Duncan director of the Ariel Education Initiative, a program mentoring children at one of the city’s worst-performing elementary schools and then assisting them as they proceeded further in the education system. After the school closed in 1996, Duncan and Rogers were instrumental in re-opening it as a charter school, Ariel Community Academy. In 1999, Duncan was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff for former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas” -wiki

    From there he was made CEO of Chicago Public Schools andf the Educaton Secretary.

    I a surprised that Democrats are not talking about running him for senator from Illinois if not for the presidency itself.

    This guy has been so fast track by politicos he thinks everything is easy.

  • chad

    I do not think most Americans know that the left gets it’s ideals from Communist think tanks such as the Frankfort School.

    If they knew about the Frankfort School and critical theory they would not elect so many Democrats.

  • tickletik

    I think he might be gay as well. Look at his face.

  • tickletik

    I think he might be gay as well. Look at his face.

  • tickletik

    I don’t think it would be right to spit in his face. He might be the sort that gets off on it.

  • tagalog

    A BS in sociology. Wow. Oh, maybe he got that while he was on the college basketball team. Probably how he came to the attention of our Esteemed Leader. AND he’s a left-wing putz.