Monday, November 25, 2013

Why Hasn't Arne Duncan Been Fired?

Why Hasn't Arne Duncan Been Fired?
by Joel B. Pollak 22 Nov 2013
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has yet to offer a sincere apology for his recent statement that "white suburban moms" were responsible for opposition to the Common Core standards. The closest he has come is his statement on MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday that he was sorry that his wording had been "clumsy."

He has yet to apologize for using explicitly racial language to marginalize opponents of the policy. And at this point the blame has to rest with his boss, President Barack Obama. Notably, the president has credited much of his success to his own white suburban mom, who made sure he received the best education possible.

Nicole Wallace asked Duncan whether his comments were part of a divide-and-rule strategy, one frequently used by the supposedly post-racial president (i.e. encouraging Latinos to vote against their "enemies"). More likely, Duncan, was simply reflecting the ingrained racial prejudice of the elite left-wing establishment.

The biggest loser in all of this, aside from the children caught up in the Common Core fight, is the Obama administration itself. It has now polarized opinion on Common Core, probably irretrievably. The only way to begin to undo the damage at this point is for the president to fire Duncan. So why hasn't he been fired yet?

Arne Duncan
Arne S. Duncan is the secretary at the U.S. Department of Education for the Barack Obama administration, Sarah Duncan’s brother, was a superintendent for the Chicago Public Schools, and a director at the Ariel Education Initiative.

Note: Sarah Duncan is Arne S. Duncan’s sister, and a board member of the Ariel Education Initiative.
Ariel Education Initiative is a nonprofit affiliate of Ariel Investments, LLC.
David J. Vitale is a director at Ariel Investments, LLC, a Commercial Club of Chicago, and was the chief administrative officer for the Chicago Public Schools.
Commercial Club of Chicago, Members Directory
Please note: This link for the members of the Commercial Club of Chicago can no longer be found.
R. Eden Martin is the president of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and counsel at Sidley Austin LLP.
Michelle Obama was a lawyer at Sidley Austin LLP.
Barack Obama was an intern at Sidley Austin LLP.
Newton N. Minow is a senior counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
John W. Rogers Jr. is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and the chairman & CEO for Ariel Investments, LLC.
Mellody L. Hobson is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the chairman for DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., and the president of Ariel Investments, LLC.
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Matthew A. Yale was a VP for Ariel Investments, LLC, and the deputy chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Education.
Race to the Top is a grant program for the U.S. Department of Education.
Common Core educational standards encourages adoption of Race to the Top.

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