Sounds good, no?
The problem in the United States is that education is not and never has been a "right" of the federal government. Yes, there have been individuals and groups since the nation's founding who thought the federal government should control the education of youth. The reasoning is pretty straightforward: It's in the government's interest to do so.
But, the Founding Father's didn't quite see it that way. They understood well how a centralized government would accrue as much power to its center as it could. And when it came to education, the Founding Fathers reserved the right to educate the nation's youth to the states so the federal government couldn't dictate how and what the nation's youth were to learn. Although absolutely nothing in the federal Constitution compels a state to educate its youth, it certainly is in each state's interest to educate its youth.
A lot of people today don't know that, especially since the federal government began to extend its tentacles into education more and more in the 1960s with the programs spawned by the Great Society.
When the Common Core enters the picture, that's the substantive problem that arises.
Despite all of the rhetoric to the contrary that promotes all of the positives associated with the Common Core (and there are positives, let there be no doubt about it), the adoption of the Common Core by the states represents yet another incursion by the federal government to control what each state possesses by a reserved right. The reason so many governors are so zealous to adopt the Common Core, despite its positives, is the trough of federal dollars that is tied to doing so. And, with those dollars, comes the attached strings that will allow the federal government--especially through the Department of Education--to dictate the education of each state's youth.
As a general rule, the Founding Fathers understood that parents are the first, best, and primary educators of their children. This right belongs to them not by the Constitution but by the Creator. They did not want the federal government infringing on that right by dictating to parents how they were to educate their children. Making education a "reserved right" of each state, the Founding Fathers devised an ingenious way to balance what belongs to the parents by "right" and what is in the "interest" of each state.
The Common Core threatens that general principle and balance of powers. There's a lot at stake here and the nation's citizens should beware.
Let the discussion begin...