We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I am reflexively skeptical about anything titled "common," and I do not know what the federal government is doing by getting involved in local education. What I do know is that many people would opt out of many government things if given free choice.
For one hot example, how many would like to opt out of Obamacare? Who wants all of that "insurance coverage"? It's not even really insurance anyway. It covers hangnails, the flu, birth control pills and even pregnancy (why should I pay for your pregnancy if I don't want to? It's elective, and none of my business). It's a pre-paid communal medical treatment plan, and I want nothing to do with it.
I can't believe I am in total agreement with the liberals on this issue. That is I am pro-choice. Let me choose to buy Obamacare or not. I may have to get one of those pro-choice bumper stickers and alter it to express my opinion on this.
Common Core is relatively benign, despite the fevered claims that it is going to bring a plague o'er the earth. It's not going to do the good its advocates hope, but it will probably do some. I can't see anything damaging about it, despite all the clutching at the breast.
NCLB, George Bush's foolish attempt to prove he could work with liberals by adopting Ted Kennedy's ideas, has lots of vagueness coupled with bureaucratic standards that supposedly measure quality. State governors asked the feds for some guidelines and examples to clean this up. Somehow, conservatives - and I am one, though less and less so on education because of rank foolishness like this - have gotten the idea that the suggested reading list in the index is required, and YOUR CHILD WILL BE MADE BY THE FEDS TO READ INAPPROPRIATE MATERIAL!!!!
There are a fair number of professors at evangelical colleges who have had a hand in this. Math at Gordon, just as an example I know secondhand. People who actually teach, read research, and have some idea what are the important skills kids should learn.
That's not to say it's going to do much, or that other approaches aren't also deserving of consideration. It's a friggin' education program. What have those ever done, for good or ill? A bit here and there. I wrote on it here a week or so ago. http://assistantvillageidiot.blogspot.com/2013/09/common-core.html
But it's this year's cause for conservatives to get worked up about, and I doubt I nor all of us together are going to stop us from throwing ourselves over the cliff yet again, illustrating our stupidity. I'd leave the movement if I could, but my other choices are greens, liberals, and libertarians, so I guess I'm stuck.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
Nothing wrong with being a refusenik, yet willing to pay the price for disobedience (or becoming a martyr). Otherwise, that path leads to anarchy.
The Scotus ruling said we could not be required to buy insurance through the use of the commerce clause. So you are not forced to buy any insurance they wish you to purchase, just keep what you already have. This was ruled to be a tax in which the IRS could fine you but could only collect the "fine" tax by withholding any tax return money you had coming. So it seems simple enough to make sure you "short" your withholding so as to make sure there will be no tax return money to be held by the IRS. Ignore the bastards, that is surely the worst thing that could happen to them.
Don't forget that Roberts gave us a gift. By declaring that Obamacare was a tax he set it up to be tested again by the Supreme Court since the bill did not originate in the House. This should be done and then the Supremes could throw out the entire law.