Who exactly is it that you believe that is setting the standard? It isn't some clandestine, black department of government like in George Orwell's "1984".When the government gets involved in anything we all know how it turns out. They can't even run the country yet they want to dictate our educational programs. Just look at what is happening now with the shut down. Educators should decide what is taught in classrooms not politicians because politicians will go with any crazy idea that puts money in their pockets. They are not in politics to help the country . They are there to make money for themselves.
It's educators with input from parents creating and overseeing the implementation of Common Core standard. Do you not remember and understand that the US has lost ground over the past few generations when compared with the rest of the world?
"Local teachers, principals, and superintendents lead the implementation of the Common Core."
Think back. Remember the No Child Left Behind program. It was designed to create a standard so that no child could be just passed through the system as was happening previously. The federal government went to state departments of education and asked them to create a program for improvement with specific benchmarks to measure progress. When the benchmark dates arrived and schools hadn't achieved the goals they themselves had set for themselves, they hated the idea and said NCLB was no good. Opposition to Common Core is mainly coming from the same place. Unions. It exposes the shortcomings in the system.
If not Common Core then what? Should we continually accept mediocrity in public education that leads to more decline when compared to other countries around the world just so teachers don't look bad? That doesn't serve future generations of children at all.