|"Look friend, white suburban moms...eh!"|
Saturday, November 23, 2013
In our latest example of White Guilt, Arne Duncan - Secretary of Education, stated, "..white suburban moms who all of the 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."
Duncan was commenting on opposition to Common Core. Instead of addressing the concerns, he decided to make some enemies, and expose himself...verbally.
a) Not like white people
b) Not like suburban people
c) Not like schools that excel
d) Not like his intelligence to be challenged
I choose (d). Duncan is a top-down kind of guy, why would people on the bottom (suburban mom's) know better than him? He wanted to be heard by people in certain demographics (education activists, people paying attention and spending money in the inner cities), and in his little mind, that is all that was listening. Based on his later apology, he realized that other demographics were listening too.
What if he left out race? What if he said, "suburban mom's..."? We would not have heard it, it would not have been reported.
Secretary Duncan, money and federal programs will not save inner city students from poor educations...and neither will changing the tests. You won't believe this, but it takes a family, not a village...