Commissar of Education may have stuck his foot in his mouth, via the Washington Post:

Education Secretary Arne Duncan told an audience of state superintendents this afternoon that the Education Department and other Common Core supporters didn’t fully anticipate the effect the standards would have once implemented.

“It’s fascinating to me that some of the pushback is coming from, sort of, white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were, and that’s pretty scary,” Duncan said. “You’ve bet your house and where you live and everything on, ‘My child’s going to be prepared.’ That can be a punch in the gut.”

Overcoming that will require communicating to parents that competition is now global, not local, he said.

However thanks to Michelle Malkin, Duncan will now have an extra body orifice to use to extract his foot, via R.S. McCain:

Over the last 10 months, Common Core has imploded under withering scrutiny from the tax-paying public, informed parents and educators, and more national media. States under both Republican and Democrat governors have adopted moratoria on the untested standards, withdrawn from the costly testing consortia, and retreated from partnerships with Common Core-promoting educational software data-miners like inBloom.
There’s much more to the fight than simple left-right divisions. The Common Core peddlers include meddling, Fed Ed Republicans from Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee to progressive billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates to Newscorp. media giant Rupert Murdoch and dozens of educational corporate special interests that stand to gain billions from the Common Core testing/textbook/data-mining boondoggle.

Stacy’s Reax:

Except for the 2006-2007 fight against John McCain’s amnesty plan, I’ve seldom seen her this fired-up.

If what’s wrong with our education system could be fixed by more federal money and more federal control, schools would have been steadily improving as federal involvement has vastly increased over the past several decades. The fact that a larger federal role in schools is not correlated with improvement — well, that’s evidence, isn’t it?

Fundamental transformation is not a synonym for improvement. The Obama Regime never sought to improve health care. Proof is that have exempted themselves from it. Rather the Regime sought control. Like wise the Regime will demand total control of public education, all the while sending their children to private schools.