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Michelle Malkin Rips Up Arne Duncan

Posted on | November 18, 2013 | 29 Comments

The battle against “Common Core” curriculum took a weird turn last week when Education Secretary Arne Duncan blamed opposition to this nonsense on “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.” Ri-iight.

Michelle Malkin is on the warpath:

Over the last 10 months, Common Core has imploded under withering scrutiny from the tax-paying public, informed parents and educators, and more national media. States under both Republican and Democrat governors have adopted moratoria on the untested standards, withdrawn from the costly testing consortia, and retreated from partnerships with Common Core-promoting educational software data-miners like inBloom.
There’s much more to the fight than simple left-right divisions. The Common Core peddlers include meddling, Fed Ed Republicans from Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee to progressive billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates to Newscorp. media giant Rupert Murdoch and dozens of educational corporate special interests that stand to gain billions from the Common Core testing/textbook/data-mining boondoggle.
The Stop Common Core movement includes social conservatives, libertarians, teachers’ union members, charter school advocates, Catholic school principals, urban and suburban parents, New York City Democrats, Tea Party Republicans, homeschoolers, and concerned activists from all parts of the political spectrum concerned about the feds’ encroachment on family and student privacy.

Read the whole thing. Except for the 2006-2007 fight against John McCain’s amnesty plan, I’ve seldom seen her this fired-up.

If what’s wrong with our education system could be fixed by more federal money and more federal control, schools would have been steadily improving as federal involvement has vastly increased over the past several decades. The fact that a larger federal role in schools is not correlated with improvement — well, that’s evidence, isn’t it?