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Celebrities: Louis C.K. Isn't Really The Next Big Angry Common Core Critic

image from www.thefashionisto.comComedian Louis C.K. has been all over the place this past few days, thanks to a series of Tweets in which he expressed his parental frustrations with homework, testing, and the Common Core -- gobbled up by Common Core critics and celebrity-starved education writers alike.

The rant was over pretty quickly and ended with "Okay I'm done. This is just one dumb, fat parent's POV. I'm pissed because I love NYC public schools. mice, lice and all." 

Note that he didn't claim any more knowledge than his immediate experience.  Note that he's not idealizing pre-Common Core public schools. And he didn't advocate and end to testing or opting out, either.

Of course, when you have 3 million followers and a national TV show you don't get to be "just a parent" for very long, and not everyone admired C.K.'s rant.  

His response to the criticisms directed at him -- and to the anger directed as his detractors -- plus some anecdotes taken from his new GQ profile all suggest to me that C.K. probably isn't going to end up a Common Core hater or opt-out proselytizer.

Read on for some of the reasons why. Or just go about your business believing what you've been told.

Among a handful of rebuttals, Newsweek's Alexander Nazaryan pushed back the hardest on Twitter and also with a piece titled Sorry, Louis C.K., but You’re Wrong About Common Core arguing that it was premature and selfish for well-off parents to trash the Common Core when there were so many poor minority kids stuck in crappy schools with ineffective teachers.

Wrote Nazaryan: "It’s fun to get angry when you’ve got nothing to lose."

C.K. didn't like what Nazaryan had to say and they went back and forth about the general good vs. a parent's prerogative on Twitter.

The Blaze recapped it all gleefully here but leaves out the the fact that C.K. starts out angrier than he ends up, and is uncomfortable with the sh*tstorm directed at his fellow NYC parent by Common Core critics who probably didn't know who he was a week ago (and who probably wouldn't like his raunchy, uncomfortable stuff anyway).

Those are some of the reasons that I think we're all mistaken if we think that C.K. is going to be another Matt Damon or Diane Ravitch.  But that's not all. There's also a new GQ cover story about the comedian's school experiences as a child.  Most vivid  is the one that's told about how school-age Louis overcame the social barriers of the age and befriended black kids who were bused into his middle school:  

"He began sitting at their table at lunchtime. 'It was awkward and scary, but I made a lot of black friends, and that was the only way to do it. It had to be uncomfortable. It was actually racist, 'cause I was sitting down with these kids only because they were black. Sometimes discomfort is the only way through.'

C.K.'s attraction to things that make us uncomfortable is what defines him, according to the piece - and what makes him a comic genius.  It might also be what allows him to see the uncomfortable truths and tensions that some of the Common Core's harshest critics can't or won't address.

Image via GQ (fair use, right?)


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