** “It’s fascinating to me that some of the pushback [to the Common Core] 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 it was, and that’s pretty scary. 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.'” ~ Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

** “You think the Obamacare implementation is bad? The implementation of the Common Core is worse.” ~ Randi Weingarten, AFT president

** “When Obamacare’s roll out was bungled, they were able to shut down the website for maintenance. Such is not the case in America’s schools.” ~ Frederick Hess, American Enterprise Institute

** “We did not think anyone would ever think it would be appropriate to standardize test pre-kindergarten through second grade children, many of whom can’t even hold a pencil.” ~ Michael Mulgrew, United Federation of Teachers president

** “Absent persuasive evidence on the impact of efforts to raise the bar, some people have speculated that the rise of test-based accountability associated with No Child Left Behind and the ongoing push to establish more rigorous teacher evaluation systems have made teaching less attractive and thereby contributed to further decline in the quality of the teaching corps. Prominent education historian Diane Ravitch, for example, has gone so far as to allege that reformers are waging a ‘war on teachers’ that threatens to undermine, rather than improve, teacher quality,” Don Goldhaber & Joe Walch