Was Arne Duncan’s speech in Texas a tribute to Harry Potter?
It would seem so, as Duncan didn’t utter the words “Common Core” a single time yet definitely was talking about Common Core. So, Duncan went the whole speech talking about You-Know-Who.The fear and loathing now associated with The-Standards-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is now confirmed by the top education official in the nation not uttering You-Know-Who’s name a single time.
Valerie Strauss at the Washington Post has the full story, but asks, “Why wouldn’t Duncan want to actually mention the words “Common Core” when he is talking about the Common Core? Could it be that in some places the Common Core is becoming somewhat toxic amid growing opposition to the initiative from different parts of the political spectrum?”
YEP. More distancing.