As a former schoolman, I'm very leery of this attempt to establish national Common Core educational standards.
Striking a national standard could entail moderating the outer achievement ranges -- the higher, as well as the lower -- and dampening our wonderful diversity.
The Constitution awards control of public education to the states, thence to local school boards (or did until the feds seduced us with grant money). This has produced a fine public school system with many lighthouse districts. Sure, there are soft spots, but states have the power to fix these with leadership and extra financial support. Comparisons with other nations must acknowledge -- and celebrate -- that the U.S. requires everyone to be schooled.
Next item: The polls are confirming that President Barack Obama's honeymoon is over. Is it just me or is everyone really weary of his constantly blaming others for standing in his way, pitting citizens against citizens, sowing seeds of contention rather than collaboration. Heck, these days a week of legislative gridlock is a good week.
Finally -- and this surprises even me -- I'm beginning to think any "de-secreting" of any government -- from the feds down to our local homeowners' associations -- is a good thing, assuming no lives are at stake. Officials who protect their "secrets" are usually protecting themselves from controversy and criticism. I've been there, and I know that.
I'm no fan of Edward Snowden, Julian Assange or Bradley Manning, but I say, go get 'em, WikiLeaks.