Dear David Brooks:
The Circus Descends (revised version)
We are pretty familiar with this story: A perfectly idiotic if slightly insane idea is walking down the street. Suddenly, the ideological circus descends, marketing the crazy idea with hysterical claims and fevered accusations. The idea’s political backers and corporate rainmakers meet. The idea builds and grows into a monster.
This is what happened to the Common Core education standards, which are so bad that both the right and left are uniting on a grassroots level to fight this monstrosity that gambles the future of America’s children on untested standards for the sake of corporate profiteering and political gain.