Common Core Conundrum: So Toxic, Even Arne Duncan Refuses To Say It

Photo Credit: YouTube The best way to promote a highly sensitive and controversial curriculum is by not actually mentioning it at all.

And that’s exactly what U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan did. At the 2014 annual National PTA convention in Austin, Texas, on June 20, he gave an entire speech about Common Core without ever actually saying “Common Core.”

Instead, Duncan referred to Common Core as “standards,” a word he used nine times. He talked about how people “came together to develop these college- and career-ready standards” and how ”43 states will be moving forward this fall with new, higher, better academic standards that they chose.”

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