- U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has apologized for a comment about opposition to Common Core standards coming from "white suburban moms."
- In a meeting Friday, Duncan said opponents to Common Core standards include "white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — (discovered that) their child isn't as bright as they thought they were, and their school isn't quite as good as they thought they were."
- Duncan says he didn't choose his words carefully: "My point is that children from every demographic across this country need a well-rounded, world-class education and frankly we have challenges not just in our inner cities but in our suburban areas, too, and we need to have honest conversations about that."
Duncan undoubtedly wants publicity for Common Core standards, but this is certainly not the kind of publicity he sought. Facebook and Twitter lit up with attacks. There is even a whitehouse.gov petition to remove him as head of the Department of Education.