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December 3, 2013

Common Core is a failure Democrats and Republicans can agree on

It’s not every day that Democrats and Republicans get to shake their fist in the same direction. That honor goes to Education Secretary Arne Duncan whose insult against “white, suburban moms” whose “child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were” has sparked outrage from the tea party to teachers unions-not to mention the PTA moms who are heavily invested in their children’s schooling. Sec. Duncan is still walking back his remarks, but if a similar story in Texas is any guide, he’s not done with this fight by a long shot.

Speaking to a group of superintendents, Duncan stepped in it, got down and rolled around in it when he said mothers just couldn’t accept how dumb their kids were.

“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.”

Common Core has been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, and so far, the rollout has been such a disaster that Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers and a Common Core supporter, said, “You think the Obamacare implementation is bad? The implementation of the Common Core is far worse.”

But President Barack Obama took responsibility for the failures of healthcare.gov and his broken promise that people could keep their insurance plans. Not so with Sec. Duncan, who thought telling mothers that he knew their children better than they was good politics.

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