“We have a national policy that is a theory based on an assumption grounded in hope.”
Diane Ravitch, the education historian and de facto leader of the movement against corporate-influenced school reform—which seems to be the only alternative offered American parents these days, regardless of which party holds the White House—gave a speech to the Modern Language Association on January 11, 2014, about the Common Core State Standards.
It can be found in this article: “Everything you need to know about Common Core” by Valerie Strauss for The Washington Post (January 18, 2014). The speech deals with the latest wrinkle on No Child Left Behind, except the Obama-ites are calling it Common Core. It is lengthy and requires a bit of time to read through, but the quote above seems to sum up her views. I would think this required reading for every parent with school-aged children . . .