Last week, Arne Duncan stepped in very telling territory when he spoke a few truths to a group of state school superintendents as reported in the Washington Post:
Education Secretary Arne Duncan told an audience of state superintendents this afternoon that the Education Department and other Common Core supporters didn’t fully anticipate the effect the standards would have once implemented.
“It’s fascinating to me that some of the pushback is coming from, sort of, 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, and that’s pretty scary,” Duncan said. “You’ve bet your house and where you live and everything on, ‘My child’s going to be prepared.’ That can be a punch in the gut.”
Yes, he spoke the truth. Our public schools, especially the “good” ones, are not really all that good. Our kids are the victims of grade inflation, artificially induced self-esteem, and they can’t think. But, most of us already knew that.
The other truth accidentally spoken was how arrogant social planners like Arne Duncan really are, especially when they get in a group with other social planners, like school superintendents. There are just different levels of arrogance depending on where in the pecking order each social planner resides.
When Arne is in a group with social planners on his level—other federal social planners—they’ll all be smugly musing about what little the state superintendents know about really important social planning. Needless to say, we minions are the ones looked down upon from very high. We are what their paternalistic and controlling hopes and dreams depend on.
What can we minions do to help the social planners get over themselves and leave us alone?