The Common Core War Of Unicorns and Crawfish

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The Common Core War Of Unicorns and Crawfish

By A.P. Dil­lon

If you’ve fol­lowed the Com­mon Core debate over the last two to three years, one thing has been clear: Sup­port­ers of the stan­dards can be relied on to mock oppo­nents.
The dis­play of ‘new tone’, or shutup­pery as I call it, has been very visible.

ArneDuncan war on moms memeExam­ples range from the Sec­re­tary of Edu­ca­tion and his ‘white sub­ur­ban moms’ slam to a leg­is­la­tor hint­ing that oppo­nents need tin foil hats and want­ing to bud­get for “two rolls of high den­sity alu­minum to cre­ate head­gear designed to deflect drone and/​or black heli­copter mind read­ing and con­trol tech­nol­ogy.”

One of my favorites is Gov­er­nor John Kasich claim­ing that oppo­si­tion is ‘just a run­away inter­net campaign’.

This brings me to the war of the Uni­corns and Craw­fish play­ing out in Louisiana.

The Advo­cate reported; empha­sis added:

Using stuffed pink uni­corns to dis­pel what they call myths about Com­mon Core, offi­cials of a group that backs the stan­dards said Wednes­day that they are launch­ing a mar­ket­ing cam­paign to defeat leg­isla­tive efforts to repeal the overhaul.

The push is led by the Alliance for Bet­ter Class­rooms polit­i­cal action com­mit­tee, or ABC PAC.

The same group, with Baton Rouge con­trac­tor Lane Grigsby as one of its lead­ers, played a key role in the 2011 races for the state Board of Ele­men­tary and Sec­ondary Education.

Orga­niz­ers of the effort have dis­trib­uted stuffed pink or white uni­corns to state law­mak­ers that include tags that say “Uni­corns are not real. And nei­ther are most of the things you’ve heard about Com­mon Core State Standards.”

Why pink unicorns?

Shane Van­der Hart of Truth In Amer­i­can Edu­ca­tion gave advo­cates the idea — as a joke.

Van­der Hart wrote, “I’d like to point out I actu­ally made this sug­ges­tion as some friendly PR advice for Com­mon Core advo­cates when they were really strug­gling at the time not know­ing exactly where to burn all of that Gates money.”

It is worth not­ing who is get­ting behind Alliance for Bet­ter Classrooms’s Uni­corn cam­paign. High pro­file ‘Repub­li­cans’ like Jeb Bush, Mike Huck­abee, and Gov. Terry Branstad (R-​IA). Bre­it­bart reported:

A group of Com­mon Core sup­port­ers resort­ing to mock­ing par­ents and other oppo­nents of the boon­dog­gle edu­ca­tion ini­tia­tive is stud­ded with likely GOP pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates, estab­lish­ment Repub­li­can gov­er­nors, top cor­po­ra­tions, and the pri­mary pri­vate fun­der of Com­mon Core him­self – Bill Gates.

As par­ents by the thou­sands are opt­ing their chil­dren out of the Com­mon Core-​aligned tests through­out the coun­try, and many states are besieged by mas­sive tech­no­log­i­cal glitches that are pre­vent­ing the tests from being admin­is­tered at all, pro-​Common Core head­lin­ers like Jeb Bush, Mike Huck­abee, and Gov. Terry Branstad (R-​IA) have joined together as a group called “Uni­corns Are Not Real.”

Funded by PAC Alliance for Bet­ter Class­rooms, the group pur­ports to ridicule oppo­nents of the unproven Com­mon Core stan­dards with the theme that “most of the things you’ve heard about Com­mon Core” are not real, either.

By the way Bloomberg dumped $100k into Alliance for Bet­ter Class­rooms in 2011 in an attempt to influ­ence three runoff races for the Louisiana Board of Ele­men­tary and Sec­ondary Education.

While mock­ing and ridicule by sup­port­ers has been con­sis­tent, so it the reac­tion of oppo­nents. They refuse to lay down and take it.

In response to the Uni­corns, oppo­nents to the Com­mon Core punch­ing back twice as hard. The Advo­cate reported:

Not to be out­done by pink uni­corns, Com­mon Core oppo­nents Wednes­day dis­trib­uted stuffed red craw­fish to state law­mak­ers in argu­ing that the aca­d­e­mic stan­dards are rid­dled with problems.

Our cam­paign is that craw­fish are real and so are the prob­lems with Com­mon Core,” said Amy Lemoine, who lives in Lafayette.

Par­ents across the state as well as edu­ca­tors have done their home­work, done our research,” Lemoine said. “We have come across some real prob­lems with Com­mon Core based on facts, research, expert opin­ions. We just want our leg­is­la­tors to have those facts pre­sented to them.”

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Back­ers of the craw­fish cam­paign said that, unlike the uni­corn move­ment, theirs does not rely on the sup­port of big companies.

This is not pro­fes­sional,” Lemoine said. “This is moms. We have pulled our tal­ents together.”

This is moms.” BOOM!
Yes, this is moms.
And dads, grand­par­ents, stu­dents and teach­ers. And the major­ity of us vote.

By A.P. Dillon

If you’ve followed the Common Core debate over the last two to three years, one thing has been clear: Supporters of the standards can be relied on to mock opponents.
The display of ‘new tone‘, or shutuppery as I call it, has been very visible.

ArneDuncan war on moms memeExamples range from the Secretary of Education and his ‘white suburban moms‘ slam to a legislator hinting that opponents need tin foil hats and wanting to budget for “two rolls of high density aluminum to create headgear designed to deflect drone and/or black helicopter mind reading and control technology.”

One of my favorites is Governor John Kasich claiming that opposition is ‘just a runaway internet campaign’.

This brings me to the war of the Unicorns and Crawfish playing out in Louisiana.

The Advocate reported; emphasis added:

Using stuffed pink unicorns to dispel what they call myths about Common Core, officials of a group that backs the standards said Wednesday that they are launching a marketing campaign to defeat legislative efforts to repeal the overhaul.

The push is led by the Alliance for Better Classrooms political action committee, or ABC PAC.

The same group, with Baton Rouge contractor Lane Grigsby as one of its leaders, played a key role in the 2011 races for the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Organizers of the effort have distributed stuffed pink or white unicorns to state lawmakers that include tags that say “Unicorns are not real. And neither are most of the things you’ve heard about Common Core State Standards.”

Why pink unicorns?

Shane Vander Hart of Truth In American Education gave advocates the idea — as a joke.

Vander Hart wrote, “I’d like to point out I actually made this suggestion as some friendly PR advice for Common Core advocates when they were really struggling at the time not knowing exactly where to burn all of that Gates money.”

It is worth noting who is getting behind Alliance for Better Classrooms’s Unicorn campaign. High profile ‘Republicans’ like Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, and Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA).  Breitbart reported:

A group of Common Core supporters resorting to mocking parents and other opponents of the boondoggle education initiative is studded with likely GOP presidential candidates, establishment Republican governors, top corporations, and the primary private funder of Common Core himself–Bill Gates.

As parents by the thousands are opting their children out of the Common Core-aligned tests throughout the country, and many states are besieged by massive technological glitches that are preventing the tests from being administered at all, pro-Common Core headliners like Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, and Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA) have joined together as a group called “Unicorns Are Not Real.”

Funded by PAC Alliance for Better Classrooms, the group purports to ridicule opponents of the unproven Common Core standards with the theme that “most of the things you’ve heard about Common Core” are not real, either.

By the way Bloomberg dumped $100k into Alliance for Better Classrooms in 2011 in an attempt to influence three runoff races for the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

While mocking and ridicule by supporters has been consistent, so it the reaction of opponents. They refuse to lay down and take it.

In response to the Unicorns, opponents to the Common Core punching back twice as hard.  The Advocate reported:

Not to be outdone by pink unicorns, Common Core opponents Wednesday distributed stuffed red crawfish to state lawmakers in arguing that the academic standards are riddled with problems.

“Our campaign is that crawfish are real and so are the problems with Common Core,” said Amy Lemoine, who lives in Lafayette.

“Parents across the state as well as educators have done their homework, done our research,” Lemoine said. “We have come across some real problems with Common Core based on facts, research, expert opinions. We just want our legislators to have those facts presented to them.”

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Backers of the crawfish campaign said that, unlike the unicorn movement, theirs does not rely on the support of big companies.

“This is not professional,” Lemoine said. “This is moms. We have pulled our talents together.”

“This is moms.” BOOM!
Yes, this is moms.
And dads, grandparents, students and teachers. And the majority of us vote.