An “ideological circus” is burying the “sensible idea” of common standards in “hysterical claims and fevered accusations,” writes David Brooks. (Beware of mixed metaphors and “descending” circuses.)
“Common Core education standards are being attacked on the right because they are common and on the left because they are core,” according to Brooks. He sees no legitimate reason to oppose the new standards, which are “clearly superior” to the old ones.
The column amounts to “backseat driving in the clown car,” responds Aaron Barlow in Academe Blog.