Arne Duncan takes a break from ridiculing teachers to contradict himself.
He also took a break from praising China’s educational system, extolling the virtues of high stakes testing and charters but those are other stories.
Just a year ago he said, “I believe the Common Core State Standards may prove to be the single greatest thing to happen to public education in America since Brown v. Board of Education.”
That’s sliced bread territory there and it makes sense for him to say so too, what with him and the administration bribing cash strapped and desperate states during the great recession to sign on board. He would want to give them some hope that they were doing the right thing.
Oh how with time love fades, because he just said, “Just to be very clear with this group, “I’m just a big proponent of high standards. Whether they’re common or not is sort of secondary.”
Hardly “the single greatest thing to ever happen to education” anymore right?