The former secretary of education under President Obama, Arne Duncan, just proposed what is perhaps the worst ‘answer’ to dealing with mass school shootings.
He’s proposing that kids boycott and stay home from school “until gun laws are changed.”
Here’s his incredibly poorly thought-out tweet:
Brilliant? Hardly. Necessary? Not at all.
Duncan is another one screaming ‘do something’ without identifying what law would have stopped the shooter at the Santa Fe High School. The shooter was 17 and used a shotgun and a revolver.
So he couldn’t get the guns legally and banning assault weapons wouldn’t have stopped it.
“It’s wildly impractical and difficult,” Duncan said. “But I think it’s wildly impractical and difficult that kids are shot when they are sent to school.”
Those killed in Texas were at Sante Fe High School.
Duncan is the managing partner of Chicago Cred, an organization that works to curb gun violence in Chicago.
A school boycott, Duncan said, is just one suggestion, and he said he’d consider other creative ideas that could impel policy changes.
“I’m open to other ideas, I’m open to different ideas, but I’m not open to doing nothing,” Duncan said. “We will see whether this gains traction, or something does, but we have to think radically.”
He doesn’t address the manifold number of issues with this including where will the kids go, who will take care of them (hey, Arne, most parents work while their kids are in school).
Even with just a one day boycott led by the Parkland activists, a boy was killed at Parkland Middle School in New Mexico when the school let the kids out to ‘protest’ and he was hit by a car.
And just exactly how long does he propose this going on for and how much school would kids miss?
But Duncan didn’t exactly make sense when he was Education Secretary.
One of the Obama administration’s signature efforts in education, which pumped billions of federal dollars into overhauling the nation’s worst schools, failed to produce meaningful results, according to a federal analysis.
Test scores, graduation rates and college enrollment were no different in schools that received money through the School Improvement Grants program — the largest federal investment ever targeted to failing schools — than in schools that did not.
The Education Department published the findings on the website of its research division on Wednesday, hours before President Obama’s political appointees walked out the door.
“We’re talking about millions of kids who are assigned to these failing schools, and we just spent several billion dollars promising them things were going to get better,” said Andy Smarick, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute who has long been skeptical that the Obama administration’s strategy would work. “Think of what all that money could have been spent on instead.”
So, yes, this sounds exactly like the guy everyone should listen to. Not.
Fortunately most people are smarter than this fellow and this would never happen.
But this is the level of incompetence that the Democrats and Obama spawn.
And they talk about Betsy DeVos?