Duncan regrets ‘white suburban moms’ line

In response to anger over his “white suburban moms” crack, Education Secretary Arne Duncan apologized for “clumsy phrasing.”

In talking about the importance of communicating about higher learning standards, I singled out one group of parents when my aim was to say that we need to communicate better to all groups – especially those that haven’t been well reached in this conversation.

Common Core is a state-led movement to to pass state-created standards that will improve education for all students, Duncan stressed.

The apology is “condescending,” writes J.D. Tuccille on Reason‘s Hit & Run. “When politicians occasionally let slip the impatience and contempt they feel for their constituents, it’s usually a good idea to fake a little contrition.”

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  1. He’s not sorry for being a racist pig bent on demonising the middle class. He’s just sorry for the clumsy way in which is socialist BS came out.

  2. I love the “state-led” part. They leave out the “federally bribed” section.

  3. The problem is that he has displayed the attitude that he knows best, and that parents are idiots who should not have a say nor be entrusted with actively raising their own kids. Common core may be very good – or it may not. Parents are rightly concerned about all major changes. As Sect’y he should understand this, and not treat those who pay for education with contempt.

  4. If your intent was to “communicate better to all groups”, how do you accidentally refer to “white suburban moms”. If a white, conservative politician “accidentally” made the same comments about “black intercity moms”, there would be hell to pay.

  5. Ze'ev Wurman says:

    “Common Core is a state-led movement to to pass state-created standards that will improve education for all students, Duncan stressed.”

    If this were truly a state-led effort, why is the FEDERAL Secretary of Education sticking his federal nose into this?

    Real translation: I got called on being a racist bully promoting federal overreach. Next time I’ll use more circumspection to bully people.