Lovely. The president of the NYC teacher union thinks you’re a conspiracy theorist if you don’t approve of the Common Core standards, and he’s ready to punch you in the face for it. What’s sad is the teachers in attendance at this speech applauded.
Are you skeptical that the Common Core education standards will significantly improve school outcomes, given their massive cost and cumbersome standardized testing requirements? Why, you must be some kind of insane conspiracy theorist!Michael Mulgrew, president of New York City’s United Federation of Teachers, remarked at a convention last month that only crazy people could possibly oppose Common Core. His comments were not widely publicized until late last week. “I’ve heard the stories about how Eli Broad, Bill Gates, Joel Klein, and a flying saucer full of Martians designed these things to brainwash us all,” he said, according to The New York Daily News.
It’s a cheap shot, although it’s nothing compared to what he said next, regarding activists who are trying to pressure legislatures to move away from Common Core:
“So I stand here in support for [Common Core] for one simple reason. If someone takes something from me, I’m going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hand, and say it is mine. You don’t take what is mine. And I’m going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt.”
It’s nice to passionate about things, but this is -I don’t know- maybe going too far? Common Core has a lot of issues, and seems doomed to fail. What rationale could Mulgrew have for defending it so vociferously?