U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan insisted that “white suburban moms” are to blame for the unrelenting opposition to Common Core standards.

Duncan’s remarks came in a speech he gave at a meeting of the Council of Chief State Schools Officers Organization in Richmond, Va. on Friday, reports The Washington Post.

“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 proclaimed. “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.”

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