In what many consider a condescending attitude, one of the Obama Administration Cabinet members has very publicly stated that he is personally “fascinated” that, as he plainly stated, certain “white suburban moms” oppose the new Common Core educational standards, as reported by The Washington Post on Nov. 16, 2013.
The U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stated at a gathering of various school superintendents that he’s at a loss as to why the roll out of the controversial Common Core Standards has been met with more than just a little grassroots opposition:
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.
Under-reported by many in the national media, the introduction of Common Core has been so disastrous one of its more hard-core supporters, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten stated:
You think the ObamaCare implementation is bad?
The implementation of the Common Core is far worse.
“Investigative” Math vs. Real Math…
As reported by Fox News on Sept. 4, 2013, critics of Common Core warned of “fuzzy math” where as an example, 3 multiplied by 4 really could equal eleven just as long as the student in question could deliver a convincing argument as to how and why he/she came up with clearly the wrong answer.
Stanford Professor Emeritus of Mathematics James Milgram, the only mathematician on the Common Core Validation Committee, steadfastly refusing to sign off on the new mathematics standards, as evidenced why in his testimony before the Texas legislature in May, 2011: (National Review, Apr. 8, 2013)
In large measure a political document that, in spite of a number of real strengths, is written at a very low level and does not adequately reflect our current understanding of why the math programs in the high achieving countries give dramatically better results.
According to The Common Core Math Standards official website, on page 16 under the subsection “Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract” the standard of “reasoning” takes precedence over factually deducing the correct answer.
Forty five states and the District of Columbia have implemented Common Core to their educational standards, but as The WaPo cites, “some states are reconsidering.”
Obama Administration May Use Common Core…
The official White House website for the Obama Cabinet, under the heading “In order of succession to the Presidency” Team Obama does list the legal line of presidential succession correctly, with the slight exception that someone seems to have forgotten that after the vice president, the next in line to be the President of the United States would be the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH).
After the Speaker would be the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. The present President Pro Tem is Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT).