In case you missed it:
Common Core lifts TN's chances
The Tennessean, May 5, 2013 - There is really just one main question for the throngs of upset parents who have spoken out against the Common Core State Standards at public meetings over the past week:
Where have they been until now?
Common Core has been in the works since 2008, as a set of expectations for what each student should know in each grade through 12. Tennessee political, business and educational leaders had loudly called for more rigorous education standards, because the measurements for progress in Tennessee’s schools gave a false impression of success.(link)
I am coming to the conclusion that common core is a positive development and that it is not a takeover or nationalization of education. It does not create a national curriculum but a set of benchmarks as to what a student should know at what grade level. America is falling behind in the world in education. Something must be done. Unfortunately, Tennessee is close to the bottom in education rankings. An "A" student in Tennessee may be "D" student is some other states. America is too mobile of a country and too interconnected to not have some expectation that that people across the Nation have a common core of knowledge at different points in their education. Please, before you jump on the anti-common core bandwagon, take time to study the issue.