Obama's own Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, bragged about Obama's role in the birth of Common Core when he told a UNESCO meeting in Paris, "President Obama called on the nation's governors and state school chiefs to 'develop standards and assessments that don't simply measure whether students can fill in the bubbles on a test, but whether they possess 21st century skills like problem-solving, and critical thinking and entrepreneurship and creativity.'"
The bottom line is that the NEA union wants all American schools to adopt Common Core standards, but at the same time they don't want Common Core to affect teachers. One of the plans of Common Core is to relate students' performance on national tests, or assessments, to recognition of their teachers in terms of salaries, merit pay, and promotions. NEA members don't like that aspect at all. The NEA passed several "New Business Items" designed to protect teachers from Common Core. The NEA union wants American students to hurry up and adapt to Common Core standards and tests just so long as it doesn't affect teachers. On the other hand, the NEA apparently has no objection to Common Core building a data base containing massive collections of private information on all students from birth through college.
Listen to the radio commentary here: