Arne Duncan’s School Boycott Proposal an Idea We Should All Get Behind
“Arne Duncan is serious: Americans should boycott school,” a Tuesday headline in The Atlantic proclaims. “The former education secretary thinks parents need to take radical action to change the country’s gun laws.”
This is the same “progressive” elitist rag that says those opposed to Hillary were sexist, so take their qualifications for being arbiters of seriousness with a grain of salt.
Joining Arne in his desire for an extended “student walkout” are Teach for America and KIPP public charter schools in New York City. There’s nothing like a call for subversion to bring “progressives “ together and make them forget about past differences, like the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers calling for his resignation back when he was Obama’s Secretary of Education and they felt they weren’t getting everything they wanted.
Not that public school policies would have affected his kids:
“Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s wife and two daughters returned to Chicago with the children to attend the private University of Chicago Lab School, a Duncan spokesman said.”
I trust this surpises no one? Hey, when you’re a career public trough-feeder living in a $1.3M home, and an Opposite Day “progressive” egalitarian, you don’t want your children going to school with just anyone.
“This is not rocket science. This is not a difficult intellectual issue,” Duncan asserted about his desire for more citizen disarmament.
Good thing it’s not, because if it were, a guy with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology would hardly be qualified to comment (although it does make it fair to ask what role political connections rather than credentials had in his rise to the top of the “educational” establishment). Being part of Obama’s Chicago political machine couldn’t hurt.
And notice he doesn’t actually say what it was he wants, but it would be fair to say “all.” Remember, he’s commenting after Santa Fe High, where a revolver and a shotgun were used. The Democrat establishment isn’t quite ready to call for banning those — yet.
But we know that’s what Arne wants, because he’s made undermining the Second Amendment a big part of why he gets the gigs he does. That and shooting hoops with Obama, which can give cover for all kinds of inanity…
I’ve had occasion to do a few posts about the guy and his anti-gun shenanigans over the years, and now a new revelation shows he and Rahm (“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste”) Emanuel planning the best steps for the blood dance within days of Sandy Hook. Note how he takes instructions in the exchange, confirming his place as Beta male.
Why not give them what they want?
What skin is it off your or my nose if children of “progressives” decide to skip school? It’s their academic lives and subsequent college admissions that will be put on hold. Maybe without them and their obnoxious disruptions, the kids who still want to go to school might actually have a better chance at learning something. And maybe if union activist “teachers” join in, it will show the country just how useless many of them are.
It could even backfire, particularly as school districts not totally controlled by urban Democrats show the “boycott” for a handful of malcontents manipulating and exploiting children they would rather see dead than protected in any meaningful and effective way. And it could also affect funding, particularly in states that factor in attendance as opposed to being strictly enrollment-based. Did Arne forget about that?
What do we really care if the type of kid with parents who would support an extended walkout stay away, figuratively holding their breath until they turn blue? It would doubtless result in no shortage of unintended consequences and complications for them and for any parent irresponsible enough to condone it.
And it also won’t make a damn bit of difference on the ultimate reality that the idiot Arne Duncans of the world just won’t seem to grasp until they force a situation where they’ll learn firsthand:
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