This comes from the Washington Free Beacon, and it is a great one:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) spoke Saturday at an event focused on eliminating private education and boycotting ‘racial’ and ‘gender-biased’ standardized testing.
The ‘Education Town Hall’ organized by Jackson Heights People for Public Schools included a medley of New York’s progressive organizations. NYC Opt Out, New York State Association for Bilingual Education, Network for Public Education, Class Size Matters, Alliance for Quality Education, and Allies for Public Education participated.
One of the speakers at this event was Diane Ravitch, a former U.S. assistant secretary of education who believes that offering any children choice of schools is anti-democratic and is a major conspiracy from the right wing and major corporations meant to destroy public education.
She also has some very… questionable beliefs when it comes to teaching African-American history in schools, as pointed out by school choice activist Citizen Stewart on Twitter.
I love how your educational godmother thinks teaching your children their story of self is damn near violence, while you out here screaming Save “Our” Schools.#EducatedNegroesAreKillingUs pic.twitter.com/LNQpyObhyo
— Citizen Stewart (@citizenstewart) June 7, 2018
She is also something of a hypocrite, as a former private school mother decided that was best for her children but not for other children, particularly black students in failing schools.
Anyway, back to AOC, who lied in the most obvious of ways during this event:
During her remarks, Ocasio-Cortez claimed her teachers doubted her academic abilities until she took a ‘high-stakes’ test and placed in the ’99th percentile.’
According to Ravitch, however, Ocasio-Cortez’s claim sparked ‘controversy’ during the event.
In a blog post generally praising the congresswoman, Ravitch notes Ocasio-Cortez could not be telling the truth about her test experience. The ‘high-stakes’ test, she explains, is not scored by percentile.
AOC – who is supposed to be some intellectual we simply can’t understand – had to lie about her test scores in order to prove a point. She is currently trying her best to prove my theory that the Republican Party has a sleeper cell program that was activated the moment Donald Trump took office in order to ensure the future of the Republican Party. She is doing a stellar job.
But, in all seriousness, this is the exact kind of thing that will actually hurt Democrats with black voters. Black families are among the biggest advocates for getting their kids out of poorly-performing schools and into much better ones. For all her talk about Trump’s racism, AOC actually wants to keep black kids from getting a good education.
AOC and Ravitch believe that education is something that can only be successfully provided by the great and glorious State, and anyone else who tries is actually trying to kill education as we know it. They completely ignore study after study and story after story of good things coming to children who have a choice in what school they go to and instead focus on making sure that the teachers’ unions don’t get hurt along the way.
If AOC and Ravitch are on the same side, then you just know that position is the wrong one. The fact that AOC had to tell an obvious lie in order to try and work the crowd is just another sign that she is not a serious contender in the political arena.