Policy Documents

Common Core National Standards and Tests: Empty Promises and Increased Federal Overreach Into Education

Lindsey Burke –
October 7, 2013

In this Special Report for Heritage, Lindsey Burke writes that Americans who cherish limited government must be constantly vigilant of pushes to centralize various aspects of our lives. Government intervention is a zero-sum game; every act of centralization comes at the expense of liberty and the civil society institutions upon which this country was founded. Education is no exception. Federal intervention in education has been enormous under the Obama Administration, and has been coupled with a gross disregard for the normal legislative process. And today, Americans face the next massive effort to further centralize education: the Common Core State Standards Initiative.