Re: "Democrats reject Common Core standards" (TNT, 1-28).
I am deeply troubled by the decision the Democrats' state party leaders took on Common Core standards.
The standards were the product of the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, not the federal government. The mobility of our society places students, especially elementary children, in jeopardy of missing key learning elements as they move from state to state. Having national learning goals in English and math helps ensure that children do not miss out on the opportunity to learn and master the basics.
Common Core identifies the agreed-upon outcomes for children at each grade level. There is nothing subversive or adverse about the goals. These are the basics needed by all children to be successful in school and in life.
Educational outcomes should not become politicized or a vehicle to pit one political ideology against another. Use the standards to create a strong educational foundation for all children. Do not be swayed by the extreme left or right.