Common Core standards: Exactly what are they?

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  • Phred Ogden, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 12:34 p.m.

    The problem with national standards lies in funding and control. "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. Period!? (unless we decide it is substandard junk and doesn't meet the national standard.)

    Note this word of warning from James Madison on the subject of Federal involvement at the local level where it does not belong:

    "If Congress can apply money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may establish teachers in every State, county, and parish, and pay them out of the public Treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post roads. In short, every thing, from the highest object of State legislation, down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress; for every object I have mentioned would admit the application of money, and might be called, if Congress pleased, provisions for the general welfare."