Obama’s Ed Secretary: We Should Have Pushed Common Core Even Harder

 President Obama’s education secretary Arne Duncan says he regrets not pushing the failed Common Core curriculum more aggressively in schools across America. In a memoir published Tuesday, Duncan expressed his deep regret at not re-engineering even more of American life without he input of the American people.

 The memoir discusses Obama’s controversial decision to push Common Core in America. A scheme that was met by protests from teachers due to the fact that it dumbed down kids.

Thefederalist.com reports: But, Duncan says, the real problem was that Americans on both the political Left and Right strenuously objected to his pie-in-the-sky schemes for their kids and money. If he could “do all over again, I would push even harder than we did,” he writes, according to Education Week. This is the lesson the Left is learning from their failures, folks: Citizens are going to protest anyway, so compromise less. This level of arrogance is frightening.

“Each difficult change inevitably would have been punted further down the road, and in the end, nothing would improve,” Duncan writes in “How Schools Work.” “Students would still be short-changed, the country would continue to fall behind its international peers, and there would still be plenty of pushback. For me then, it was all or nothing. (Actually, if I had it to do all over again, I would push even harder than we did; there’s never a ‘right’ time for fundamental change.)”

In the book, say reports, Duncan mostly chalks mass grassroots resistance to the Obama administration’s education policies to “poor communication.” It wasn’t anything wrong with the administration’s agenda, no, just that people simply couldn’t understand it. Of course, the humble and most direct thing to consider would be that Americans understood perfectly, and that’s why they objected. Still, Duncan’s arrogance keeps him mystified about why even Obama allies like teachers unions, albeit late in the game, started opposing Common Core and especially its enforcement, tests.

“These folks [teachers unions], many of whom supported Barack Obama, should have been our natural allies,” he writes in his book, according to The 74. “But because we were miserable at communicating how and why things were happening, and why they were important, it made things worse.”

The real reason Americans revolted over Obama’s control-obsessed money-wasters like Common Core and regulations that had the effect of forcing little kids to sit and stare at tests they chose not to take, Duncan writes, is that Americans simply didn’t understand how good central planning would surely be for education, even though it’s been proven an atrocity-filled failure in every other domain of human existence. Once again, Duncan proves you can’t reason with stupidity.

“In the midst of such rapid change we proved terrible at explaining [stimulus fund Race to the Top’s Common Core-pushing] goals and methods to teachers, and even worse at explaining them to parents,” he writes. “We could have done a much better job, and spent a little money, helping states explain and publicize what they were attempting and what the goals were.”

Poor, stupid witto Americans! You yoga-pantsed “white suburban moms” just don’t know a thing about how to make your stupid kids look smarter than they really are so they can get into college and have a decent life! We’ll just do that for you, okay? Don’t bother looking under the hood of this plane we built while flying it. Trust us experts. It’s safe! We know what’s best for your kids way more than you do!

Ah, yes, I can hardly understand why that honest depiction of the way top-down government works wasn’t a winning message. I can also hardly understand why it makes any sense for Americans to be suspicious of the threadbare platitudes still fluttering without change from a man who did nothing, while in charge, to improve one of the nation’s long-time worst-performing school districts, which is about to bankrupt the entire state of Illinois; whose other signature spend as education secretary, on “School Improvement Grants,” was a forseeable $7 billion failure; and whose promises to the nation have been repeatedly been proven to be untrustworthy illusions that threaten the sanctity of family peace, school effectiveness, and government “by the people, of the people, and for the people.”

Obama’s words at Duncan’s departure were proven frighteningly accurate by Duncan’s tenure as national education czar: “He’s done more to bring our educational system, sometimes kicking and screaming, into the 21st century than anyone else.” If the twenty-first century is all about mangling children’s relationships with their families and schools, you sure got that right, buddy. Excuse me while I go put up a Trump sign in my lawn in a desperate attempt to make sure people like you don’t get power over me and my kids.

This guy didn’t deserve to be elevated to the position of education secretary in the first place. He had no track record of improving a single  student’s education, let alone that of a whole class, let alone that of a whole school. Yet he was given the power to affect every school in the nation, thanks to a combination of Obama administration hubris, a government far too big for its britches, and congressional dereliction of duty. What Duncan did while education secretary should shame him out of public life for the rest of his days, not grant him a lifelong platform to keep sharing his destructive and foolhardy opinions about “How Schools Work.”


Obama's ed secretary says he regrets not pushing Common Core harder

Arne Duncan says he regrets not pushing the failed Common Core curriculum more aggressively in schools across America.

 

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Obama Knows nothing about how to fix an economy.. He showed all of us for 8 years how going golfing and vacationing did nothing for America and Apologizing for America also was not productive. Basically Obama IS A PIECE OF SHIT LAZY FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT WHO HAD ADMIN STAFF OF sycophantic MORONS!

 I do not think Obama was trying to fix the economy, he was to busy giving billion to other countries and helping sell off America to people of other countries.

He sure knew how, though, to destroy as much as he could, through the mess of 0care. He successfully destroyed what was good health care. Now, combined with the opiod "crisis", innocent patients are lucky to get the pain meds they need after surgery.

The hospital TOOK the pain meds that my friend brought with her when she went in for knee surgery. She needed the meds for her back. They doled out the meds as they saw fit. Over the holiday of 4th of July, she couldn't the meds she needed for the post op knee surgery as the pharmacy wasn't open, and they didn't care about ensuring she had enough to get her through that period of time. If they showed up with meds, it was 1.5-2 hours later, after she called for help.

They counted out each pill to the minute. She was crying. And she doesn't cry. It was horrifying. It took her son out in California, to call and threaten the rehab center with a lawsuit, in order for her to have a shower. Another friend works as an aide, and there witll be two aides for over twenty people. It is a mess. We USED to have good health care, but it was when I was a kid. The more government intervention, the worse everything gets. And the less freedom we have.

You hit the nail on the HEAD. Obama was performing a perfect case of Daralection of duty. His #1 responsibility was to fix America and he spent 8 years doing the opposit. When does Obama get indicted on those charges When does he get held responsible for the mess he created by doing NOTHING FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS?

THE LOWER CLASS WAS GETTING ALL THE FREE-BEES AS OBAMA WENT ABOUT LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD AND DAMAGING AMERICA IN THE PROCESS.

his job was to make us a communist country w/the govt taking over everything.

he did not give a rats behind abt the us constitution or how our govt works he did not give a damn abt congress or us or the country or our laws , God, i need not go on u get the big pic.

lying POS for sure.   

I was mad when I wrote this forgive the type o, I do not intend to change it: http://teapartyorg.ning.com/forum/topics/more-than-90-american-musl...

Listen....I HAVE THE BIG PICTURE! THE INDIVIDULE THINGS HE DID, NEED TO BE TOLD LOUD AND CLEAR. HOW DID THOSE THINGS AFFECT ALL OUR LIVES. ALL YOU WANT TO DO IS STATE THE OBVIOUS OUTCOME HE WAS HEADDED FOR AND WE ALL KNOW THAT. WE ALL KNOW WHAT HIS OUTCOME WAS GOING TO BE!

THIS ERNE DUNCAN NEEDS TO BE HUNTED DOWN AND PUT IN PRISON FOR COMMON CORE.

NOW WHEN WE ALL SEE THESE THINGS CROP UP AGAIN WE CAN HEAD IT OFF AT THE PASS BEFORE IT BECOMES SYSTEMIC AND THE LIES THAT GOT HIM REELECTED.

LOOK AT HOW MANY WERE FOOLED INTO FOLLOWING HILLARY. SHE WAS OFFERING 4 MORE YEARS OF OBAMA. LISTEN TO CRYING CHUCK SCHUMER BERNIE SANDERS AND THAT YOUNG FOOL OCASIO CORTEZ HANGING ONTO HIS SHIRT TAILS SHE WON A PRIMARY NO LESS---WHY?

ANSWER: AMERICA ALLOWS ALL THESE SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICAN AND MEXICAN PEOPLE INTO AMERICA AND TO THEM SOCIALISM LOOKS REAL GOOD OUR COMMUNIST/SOCIALISTIC DEMOCRATS TODAY ARE PUSHING FOR THIS KIND OF WORLD. WHAT WILL THEY DO TO BOW TO ALL THE IGNORANT POOR WHICH WERE LET INTO AMERICA? DESTROY OUR WAY OF LIFE TO HELP THE POOR. WE ARE NOT HERE IN THIS WORLD TO ALLOW ALL THE POOR IN AND DESTROY OUR COUNTRY IN THE PROCESS.

TALK ABOUT THEIR OUTCOME BUT ME SURE YOU TALK ABOUT THING THEY DO TO GET THERE....ITS MUCH MORE HAR HITTING THEN THE OUTCOME WHEN PEOPLE SEE IT HAPPENING TO THEM AND IN THEIR COMMUNITIES.

JUST VOTE THE DEMOCRATS OUT OF POWER.....PERIOD! 

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TEA PARTY -> Lois Lerner Case Explodes:
IRS Docs Link McCain’s Office To Tea Party Attacks

Since announcing his brain cancer was terminal, Arizon Sen. John McCain has continued to make headlines, but not due to his medical status. Instead, it has been one controversy after another revolving around him, and now one more had been added to the list.

This one is based in his dislike not for Ted Cruz or Rand Paul, but of the tea party.

McCain has never really endeared himself to conservatives, and he made his feeling public about the tea party movement at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor in 2015, according to a Yahoo report.

“I think also — I probably shouldn’t say this — but some of (the tea party) appeals to the bad angels of our nature rather than the better angels of our nature,” McCain said.

This attitude ties into the latest scandal swirling around McCain.

One of a number of scandals that plagued President Barack Obama and his administration involved the IRS targeting tea party groups after 2010. It seemed that their tax-exempt status requests were denied or delayed due to intense political partisanship in the agency.

In May 2013, The Washington Post reported that the IRS’s exempt-organizations division director Lois Lerner “let slip” the week prior “that low-level IRS staffers had focused extra scrutiny on conservative groups with words such as ‘tea party’ or ‘patriot’ in their names.”

In addition, “internal reviews have shown that Lerner knew about the targeting in 2011 — but neither Congress nor the public knew until (2013).” Despite this, Lerner was never prosecuted and was allowed to retire with her taxpayer-funded pension intact.

This did not change, even after House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, a Texas Republican, and Tax Policy Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam, an Illinois Republican, wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In it, they begged him to reopen a probe into the matter, according to Jay Sekulow, chief council for the American Center for Law and Justice, writing in a commentary for Fox News.

When President Donald Trump was sworn into office, some held out hope that the perceived injustices from Obama’s tenure would somehow be made right. However, in September 2017, Trump’s administration had already preemptively declined to pursue criminal charges against Lerner “based on the available evidence,” according to Fox News.

But more has since been uncovered about the scandal. Government watchdog group Judicial Watch has obtained and released “internal IRS documents, including material revealing that Sen. John McCain’s former staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner, urged top IRS officials, including then-director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner, to “audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.”

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JW President @TomFitton: Much of what you know about the IRS scandal is thanks to JW... Our new docs show the scandal is bipartisan in nature. A McCain staffer suggested Lois Lerner audit all of the 501(c)(4) groups in a way that'd be financially ruinous.

Meeting notes from April 30, 2013, involving Kerner, Lerner, “and other high-ranking IRS officials” were obtained by JW. With the meeting taking place only 10 days before the IRS scandal exploded into the public view, they are particularly incriminating against Kerner and Lerner:

“Henry Kerner asked how to get to the abuse of organizations claiming section 501 (c)(4) but designed to be primarily political. Lois Lerner said the system works, but not in real time.”

“Henry Kerner noted that these organizations don’t disclose donors. Lois Lerner said that if they don’t meet the requirements, we can come in and revoke, but it doesn’t happen timely.”

“Nan Marks said if the concern is that organizations engaging in this activity don’t disclose donors, then the system doesn’t work. Henry Kerner said that maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous. Nikole noted that we have budget constraints.”

“Elise Bean suggested using the list of organizations that made independent expenditures. Lois Lerner said that it is her job to oversee it all, not just political campaign activity.”

Thus far, there is no evidence that McCain knew about or directed Kerner to take such action. It is plausible that Kerner, knowing of McCain’s dislike of the tea party, opted to be a proactive and loyal staffer by urging the IRS to take action against the groups.

But McCain’s personality does little to keep him far removed from the scandal and tongues are wagging with speculation as to his involvement. Regardless, McCain’s frosty relationship with President Donald Trump has not made the Arizona senator many fans among Trump supporters.

New suspicions about him betraying the tea party won’t help matters at all.

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Chelsea Handler Says Fox Doesn’t Work With
Black People, Obviously Doesn’t Watch Network

Humor is supposed to be based on truth. After all, the reason we laugh at a joke or scenario is because it triggers a feeling of recognition about reality, especially if it’s presented in an unexpected way.

It doesn’t look like “comedian” Chelsea Handler has a very firm grasp on truth or reality, however.

After a production error during a Fox News broadcast was called out by users on Twitter, the raunchy and sex-obsessed Handler tried to bash the network … but ended up showing off her ignorance instead.

“Fox News honored Aretha Franklin by using a graphic that contained a photo of Patti LaBelle,” the comedian and television host posted on Twitter Thursday evening.

That part was true enough: Fox admitted that they made a mistake on a background slide during a tribute to the late soul singer, and accidentally showed a faded photo of LaBelle. The main image still showed Franklin, who passed away on Thursday in Detroit.

Broadcast television is complex, which you would think Handler understands after being involved in TV for many years. Honest mistakes happen on every network. But no: In Handler’s alternate reality, the only explanation for the mistake was racism.

“It’s probably hard for anyone who works at Fox News to tell black people apart because they’ve never worked with any,” she declared.

Chelsea Handler  @chelseahandler

Fox News honored Aretha Franklin by using a graphic that contained a photo of Patti LaBelle. It’s probably hard for anyone who works at Fox News to tell black people apart because they’ve never worked with any.

Was she trying to be bitter or funny? It was hard to tell, but either way, that statement shows just how isolated the Hollywood left is from reality.

If she really believes that Fox has “never worked with any” black people, maybe she should try an experiment: Actually watch the channel for a minute.

She would probably tune in to the face of Harris Faulkner, the enthusiastic and Emmy-winning host of “Outnumbered,” which airs every single weekday.

Or, maybe she could get a clue from Deneen Borelli, another well-known face of Fox News for nearly a decade. How about the venerable Juan Williams, co-host of “The Five” and a “Fox News Sunday” regular for over 20 years?

Nah. They apparently don’t count, because Handler would rather live in an alternate reality of ignorance than admit she was the one making racial assumptions.

We’re not finished! Moving on to frequent guest contributors to Fox News, how about Candace Owens? Brandon Tatum? Ben Carson? Larry Elder? All of these smart individuals are familiar faces at Fox, and all are — look closely! — African American.

That’s saying nothing of the behind-the-scenes staff at Fox, a good number of whom are of course black. In fact, it’s completely possible the photo mix-up was accidentally made by a black employee. Handler openly assumed the race of the staff members who made the error, while knowing nothing.

Once again, the left has tipped their hand and revealed just how elitist and out of touch they are.

Handler has likely never turned on Fox News in her life, yet she thinks she’s an expert on it. She eagerly diminishes and waves away the contributions of black Americans to one of the most popular news stations in the nation, while lecturing others about race.

This type of attitude implies that only “liberal approved” black voices count. If they don’t parrot a 43-year-old white comedian’s politics, they’re invisible to her.

That arrogant view, and not an honest editing mistake, is perhaps the real outrage here … and it’s exactly why so many black voters are walking away from the left.

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