January is National Mentoring Month. Go for it. There are kids out there who could use a hand, or even just an ear sometimes. Get involved. You won't regret the choice, and you can't imagine the reward.
It is perhaps not surprising, in an election season when so many of those who attempted to impose these changes stand to lose their jobs that Duncan and others would feign a change of heart. If you listen carefully, it is not really a change at all.