School reformers Arne Duncan and Peter Cunningham have a new idea.
Lord, help us.
They have launched a Twitter campaign for parents to keep their kids out of schools to protest gun violence. Most of America’s students are in public schools.
American gun violence is far to common. Guns are way too available. Politicians are too timid and afraid of the NRA.
Cunningham and Duncan’s Twitter plan is not as stupid as the conclusion that gun violence in schools is the result of too many doors.
But it is close.
For many Chicago young people, their public school is among the safest places Chicago parents can send their children each day.
But more to the point, those like Cunningham and Duncan have a dismal history in proposing ideas for public school parents and as public policy for others to follow.
This is not the first time Cunningham and Duncan have targeted public schools with proposals that are not in the interest of parents or students.
I recall Duncan’s praise for Hurrican Katrina when it wiped out New Orlean’s public schools.
Then there’s Peter Cunnigham, who is executive director of Education Post, a reform website/news agency that has received millions in funding from the Gates foundation. Prior to EdPost, he worked for Duncan when Duncan led the Chicago public school district. He later moved with Duncan to the Obama administration.
Cunningham tells us not to blame any of the reforms he and his team of bloggers espouse. In 2016, he told us what we need is “more rigor” and higher standards when twelfth-grade NAEP scores came out. On April 20, 2018, like Duncan, Cunningham blamed politics — specifically unions and local boards of education — for the lackluster NAEP scores.
Yet just 10 days later, Education Post attributed the rise of Florida scores to the very same policies that Cunningham tells us not to blame for the drops and stalls in other states.
I don’t know what the solution to gun violence is. It seems as if most of the current laws being proposed are too weak, even as the NRA opposes them.
That Cunningham and Duncan (who never sent his own kids to Chicago public schools in the first place) should call for targeting schools is not surprising.
They both have made careers of it.