Louis CK vs the Common Core

Funny famous parent tackles a serious edu subject on Twitter.... And all hell breaks loose... This isn't what "the parent trigger" is supposed to look like!

byAudrey Watters1,852 Views
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  1. It started as a fairly typical parental frustration: "My kid's homework makes her hate school." 

    But of course, when you have over 3 million followers on Twitter, saying such things causes ripples...
  2. There are approaching 10,000 favorites and 8000 retweets on that sentiment.

    But Louis CK didn't stop there. He had "evidence":
  3. We're seeing a lot of examples of homework like this -- photos of homework that "go viral" -- correctly or not labeled as schoolwork that's a result of CCSS.
  4. There were lots of responses to his tweets. Lots. I'm only including his tweetstream here (more or less) because it's my storify dammit. Also, this is his response to his kids' schooling. 

    But is it also comedic schtick? Sure. Duh. That's what comedians like him do: they find a popular but personal topic and make it relevant to everyone. They offer commentary. They channel outrage. They make you feel uncomfortable.

    Is Louis CK a psychometrician? Does he understand the intricacies of means-tested assessments? Has he read what the Common Core demands? Does he distinguish between NCLB and CCSS? Who gives a shit. That's not his job.

    This is his job. Social commentary. And now it's on Twitter and not just in comedy clubs...
  5. See, good comedians tap into the cultural zeitgeist. Seriously, take a look at the number of favorites and retweets here.
  6. Lots of folks have responded to him. My god, there's nothing like a comedian tackling education issues on Twitter to spawn "think pieces" and angry retorts and sympathetic summaries. 

    It was Newsweek's Alexander Nazaryan who prompted tweets in response from Louis CK.  

  7. "Sorry Louis CK But You're Wrong about the Common Core"... 

    "You're wrong." 

    Comedian or not, famous or not -- that's what parents hear from schools and from politicians. "You're wrong." "We're the experts here." "We know what's best for your kids."