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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Arne “I never taught a day in my life” Duncan’s latest Gaffs.

Arne “I never taught a day in my life” Duncan continues to put his foot in his mouth. On a recent trip to Haiti he suggested one of their the things their education system needed was data systems,

One of the many needs here are clear data systems, having transparency, knowing basic things, like how many children we have, how many schools there are, how many teachers we have.  I think it’s so important that everybody be transparent and honest on the good, the bad and the ugly.

Notice he didn’t mention things like books, desks or even roofs, instead going straight to the need for data systems. I guess they can keep the data on abacuses because computers are in short supply too.  

Today however he turned his attention to suburban moms who are against the common core.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a group of state schools superintendents Friday that he found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from “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.”

That has to be it right; parents can’t be concerned with all the high stakes testing, the teachers who feel they are being rushed into a new system, or all the billions of dollars siphoned out of the classroom and into the bank accounts of testing companies.  No, none of those could be reasons why parents find themselves against common core.

I would say Duncan was a jackass but I don’t want to insult jackasses.


  1. "They say that the Common Core calls for federal collection of student data. For the record, it doesn’t, we’re not allowed to, and we won’t. And let’s not even get into the really wacky stuff: mind control, robots, and biometric brain mapping." --Duncan quote from the second link

    After the NSA scandal, he really thinks we'll believe this?

  2. Not only has Duncan never taught a day in his life, but he's never even attended a public school. As a child he went to the University of Chicago Lab School…and then to a private university (Harvard). He majored in Sociology (and basketball). His only experience with education is watching his mom tutor kids. Duncan isn't qualified for his office.

    Would any president appoint a non-medical person to be the Surgeon General? or an non-attorney to be the Attorney General? Since the Department of Education was established during the Carter administration, Democrats and Republicans alike have appointed non-educators to the office. The only Secretary of Education who actually taught in a k-12 public school was Terrel Bell in Reagan's first term.

    That's the respect that politicians give to educators…it's insulting!

  3. Just as insulting as having school board member who never taught. Ridiculous

  4. Hey guys, remember when Arne Duncan was the unqualified one? Haha good times.