Arne Duncan’s trying his darndest to cloak resistance to education reform as the mantle of either “crazy Tea Party” people or privileged “suburban moms” (his words, not mine). Nice way to deflect Arne, but it won’t work. You see, here in the trenches we are not all Conservatives. And we are not all privileged white soccer moms. While I welcome potential alliances, Arne wants us to forget that scores of people and groups who hail from the “progressive” side, you know, lefties … radicals… are pretty pissed off too. And while they may not have socioeconomic clout that wealthier zip codes may have, there have been some pretty pissed off mom’s in black and brown urban communities too, fighting this long before white soccer moms were on the scene.
For some of us, the fight for our children– Yours, mine, theirs…is enough to unite us. I support any parent fighting against corporate reform. Shared growing opposition to these reforms gives me hope.
And resistance to the Common Core (CCSS) in particular has received exceptional levels of national attention. Again, a good thing. Mostly. I say “mostly” because some voices in opposition to Common Core may not also be fighting against other facets of reform-some groups or individuals might even be in support of other reform policies which are as destructive to public education as CCSS itself. For me, the fight against CCSS is a fight against the whole bundle package of reform efforts.
I speak frequently with parents whose political opinions might differ from mine-but in our shared effort we have created new spaces to discover more about one another. We arrive at moment where “it’s about the children” and that is what matters most. Working together on an united front advocate for a viable, sustainable and meaningful public education system for all children is often good and necessary. I don’t believe that ALEC’s agenda reflects the values of my conservative friends any more than Bill Gates (touted as a supposed “progressive”) reflects mine! It’s not about party affiliation. It’s about values.