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Monday, July 16, 2012

Man Made Disasters: Arne Duncan as Department of Education Secretary and Common Core Standards

Arne Duncan as DOEd Secretary & Common Core Standards: Man-Made Catastrophes

Unlike hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes, the educational reforms and the current Secretary of Education supporting the reforms are not natural catastrophes.  The standards and Arne Duncan in his current position as Secretary of the DOEd are man-made (legislative and private interest) catastrophes.  The reforms have been crafted through the years to centralize and nationalize education which will allow tracking of students from the cradle through their life to benefit the government, not the student.   Arne Duncan praises these reforms every chance he gets even as they take away power from states and local school districts, and permits governing authority of public schools to private entities.

The below results are from two EdWeek polls rating Arne Duncan's job performance and measuring support of Common Core standards.  Granted it's a small poll and not scientific, but readers who follow this publication have an intense interest in education from many different angles.  

 Arne Duncan is a dismal failure and Common Core is coming under increasing scrutiny.  

Why are local districts and states having to follow this disastrous Secretary of Education's equally disastrous Common Core mandates?  We can't control natural catastrophes but we sure as heck can push back on this man-made disastrous Cabinet appointment and these unproven, untested, unfunded and unconstitutional mandates.


Last week we asked:
“What grade would you give Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s job performance?”
The results were as follows:
A – 3%
B – 3%
C – 6%
D – 16 %
F – 72%
This week we want to know your thoughts on the following question:

As you may know, all states are currently deciding whether or not to adopt the Common Core standards in reading and math.  If adopted, these standards would be used to hold the state’s schools accountable for their performance.  Do you support or oppose the adoption of the Common Core standards in your state?
Do you support or oppose the adoption of the Common Core standards in your state? (Poll Closed) 

1 comment:

  1. Can anyone give me information on the past Missouri Secretary of Education who was found to have systematically doctored scores to thwart testing? I recall it was a woman, done during the first years of NCLB, and she now tours the country bragging about having done so.


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