DES MOINES, Iowa – A friend shared with me this NBC News article on my Facebook wall.  It discussed the #CanISee conference that was held in Austin, TX last month.  It was titled “Meet America’s Most Hardcore Common Core Moms.”

GatesWhile I think most would consider that as a compliment, I’m not sure that the article’s author, Nona Willis Aronowitz, intended it that way.  After calling the conservative element of the Stop Common Core movement as a “small, but vocal faction on the right.”  She said the repeals in Republican states of Indiana (no mention of rebrand), Oklahoma and South Carolina being due to “pressure from small groups of local activists.”

Do you really think politicians will do anything they don’t want to do if they perceive the group pressuring them is small?

She cites a “recent” Gallup poll that is almost a year old.  More than 33% of the population know about the Common Core.  Why not mention the poll that was taken last month that shows support for the Common Core plummeting with parents of school-aged kids?  Parents are learning more about the Common Core, and the more they learn the less they like it.

She then wrote this:

Austin’s #CanISee conference —as in, “Can I see what my children are learning?”— is a who’s-who of the far-right movement that some peg as fringe, but nevertheless gets results….

For the mostly female, mostly older, all-white crowd, Common Core is more than an attack on states’ rights; it’s an affront to Christian, conservative values. These mothers and grandmothers see a campaign against Common Core as an extension of protecting the nuclear family.

Let’s keep in mind that the demographics of the conference is not an accurate sampling of the movement.  She then interviews a couple of University of Texas professors who are supposed to be the “voice of reason” in the piece I suppose.

It’s garbage.

Frankly here is all you need to know about Aronowitz’s piece at the end you see this:

Education coverage for is supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. NBC News retains sole editorial control over the content of this coverage.

Sure they do.  NBC News’ ratings must be so poor they need the cash infusion from Gates to stay afloat.  Can’t they see the conflict of interest this represents?  They just threw what journalistic integrity they did have (admittedly they didn’t have much there to begin with) and threw it out the window.

This begs the question – how long has this been going on?

Authored by Shane Vander Hart

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