Friday, April 17, 2015


Oh dear ... what has Hitlery KlintOOOOOOn, wannabe dictator of the United States of America, said now?

Really? She said the family shouldn't be involved in education?

Well, no, of course not, though you'd think so from stories like this one, from the Federalist:
During her first official campaign event in Iowa earlier this week, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton praised Common Core and referred to children’s education as a “non-family enterprise.” ...
And what exactly did she say? Here's the Federalist's transcript, from a C-SPAN video clip:
Hillary Clinton: You know, what I think about the really unfortunate argument that has been going on around Common Core, it’s very painful because the Common Core started off as a bipartisan effort. It was actually nonpartisan. It wasn’t politicized. It was to try to come up with a core of learning that we might expect students to achieve across our country, no matter what kind of school district they were in, no matter how poor their family was, that there wouldn’t be two tiers of education. Everybody would be looking at what would be learned doing their best to achieve that

I think part of the reason Iowa may be more understanding of this is you have had the Iowa core for years. The U.S. had a system plus the Iowa Assessment Test. I think I’m right in saying that I took those when I was in elementary school. The Iowa tests. So that Iowa has had a testing system based on a core curriculum for a really long time. You see the value of it. You understand why that helps you organize your whole education system.

And a lot of states, unfortunately, haven’t had that. They do not understand the value of a core in the sense, a Common Core, yes, of course, you can figure out the best way in your community to try to reach -- but your question is a larger one. How do we end up at a point where we are so negative about the most important non-family enterprise in the raising of the next generation which is how our kids are educated?
Yes, she's sticking up for national or statewide standards worked out under the aegis of the Evil Government. But did you catch the bit near the end of that transcript about how "you can figure out the best way in your community" to implement standards? Aren't parents part of the "community"?

And is her reference to school as a "non-family enterprise" really confusing? Isn't it obvious to anyone who's not an insane right-wing zealot that what she means is that the mot important things in a child's upbringing happen within the family, except school, which takes place in school buildings that aren't the home, at the hands of people who aren't family members? Is this really that difficult to grasp?

Well, yes, on the right it is -- or at least the right-wing media wants its target audience to misconstrue this. So, at PJ Media, we get this:
Just a reminder that Hillary’s “It Takes a Village” theme from the 1990s is her polite and folksy way of saying that in her socialist worldview, your children belong to the state, not to you.
A Red State blogger writes this:
Parents who send their children to school and expecting the school to “fix” them are the ones who do the most harm to their children and the education system in general. Why are we so negative about education, Mrs. Clinton? Because we see the results of where education has brought us since the movement began to make them do everything in place of parents.
Bizpac Review finds John Stossel stirring up outrage on Twitter:

See also National Review, the Medkia Research Council, Caffeinated Thoughts, Twitchy ...

You can criticize Hillary Clinton or endorsing Common Core if you don't like Common Core. But that's not what's going on here. These folks are trying to turn "non-family enterprise" into "you didn't build that" or "what difference, at this point, does it make?" -- phrases ripped from their original context so they mean, to conservatives, what they were never intended to mean.

And so the rage increases and the grievances pile up on the right.


Victor said...

Fibber McGee would need to rent storage unit's, because his famous closet couldn't hold all of the Reich-Wingers grievances - virtually all of them, imagined, btw...

Victor said...

FSM, now that I read that, I realize just how f*cking old I am!!!

Nobody remembers that show - or even heard of it - if they're not ancient.


Unknown said...

You are a very smart person. keep it up.

Frank McCormick said...

Victor: I'm about to turn sixty and I know OF Fibber McGee, but I certainly never heard the results of opening his closet door firsthand on the radio. (Now Howdy Doody and Donald Duck on TV...)

petrilli said...

We should be having serious discussions with republicans about where powerful Democrats stand on common core, privacy, "school reform", trade policy, national security and other points of common interest. But, right wing media always keeps their Librul hate, neo or otherwise, monolithically trivial and tribal. Criticism from the right of Obama on "Race to the top," or habeas corpus, would expose republicans as well. I don't mean to say there is no difference between parties. I'm just saying that mainstream discussion of lots of important things are being sidelined by leadership on both sides.

petrilli said...

In the break room a young teaching colleague mentioned that his upstate relative saw a coyote in her yard. I asked "Was he strapped to a large Acme rocket?"


It sucks to be old.