Years ago, Chick-fil-A used some of its $4.5 billion to claim a Vermont artist’s T-shirt phrase infringes on its trademarked “eat mor chikin.” The corporation told Associated Press, the Vermont T-shirt “is likely to cause confusion of the public and dilutes the distinctiveness of Chick-fil-A’s intellectual property and diminishes its value.”

Got that? Chick-fil-A’s intellectual property. Make no mistake: Chick-fil-A is obsessed by intellectual property. Take a look at their website legal notice.

Think about how much kale is like fried chicken. And then ask yourself: Did Common Core architect David Coleman ever work for Chick-fil-A? His version of teaching is just about as close to classroom reality as, well, Chick-fil-A® Nuggets (pressured-cooked in peanut oil) are to kale.

Does Arne Duncan eat kale?

As the T-shirt maker’s lawyer observed, “At the end of the day, I don’t think anyone will step forward and say they bought an ‘eat more kale’ shirt thinking it was a Chick-fil-A product.”

Similarly, I don’t think any kid who has ever enjoyed Captain Underpants And The Preposterous Plight Of The Purple Potty People is going to step forward with the pressing need to “explain the differences between books that tell stories and books that give information.” (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.5). He’s going to ask the penultimate question books should provoke: “Are there any more?”

That said, breaking news is that the U. S. Trademark and Patent Office thinks that people will confuse the Vermont silkscreened T-shirt phrase “eat more Kale” with Chick-fil-A restaurant chain’s trademarked slogan “eat mor chikin.”

Question: Did all the people who recently left the U.S. Department of Education take jobs at the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office? Think of all things that confuse policy makers in close proximity to Arne:

*rigor and creativity

*standards and expertise

*data and wisdom

*education and training

*joy and submission

*Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and community needs

To The States, or any one of them, or any city of The States, Resist much, obey little.-Walt Whitman

Eat more kale.

Hug a teacher.

Give a kid a book.

Refuse a standardized test.