A movement is afoot to derail Common Core, the new educational standards most states have adopted. Many of the people complaining loudly about Common Core are decent, well-meaning folks too often smeared as extremist or kooky, but on this one they are off-target.
The problem, I am convinced, lies with implementation rather than the Common Core itself. That school bureaucracies, laden with liberals and often tight with teachers' unions, might generate some outrages here and there I have no doubt.
That the whole thing is some conspiracy I find very hard to credit.
First, is there an objection to the notion the United States should improve its education? Forget for a moment about our many nonpareil schools and extraordinary elite colleges. For the huge majority of Americans who never get close to either, on how many educational yardsticks must we rank below other countries - and Louisiana below other states - before steps are taken to address it?
Consequently, the notion that more difficult tests or accelerated classes is a bad idea strikes me as absurd. Hostility to the purpose of Common Core isn't reasonable.
Secondly, who is responsible for Common Core? This is a much more complicated question and of the sort in which conspiracy theories breed. Whenever you have an acronym gumbo of educational groups and various government agencies involved in developing standardized tests for the program, some dubious actors are sure to play a role.