The Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association, with prodding by the Obama administration, have agreed to a framework essentially nationalizing what is to be taught in America’s schools.

Coverage in the media makes it sound like these standards will apply only to English and Math.

The problem arises in that English encompasses literature, which can play a major role in shaping the worldviews of students.

This is especially true since many leftwing academics think students should feast their minds on a steady diet of works that undermine the values preferred by parents.

For example, will students be required to read Harry Potter, which some parents might object to while others might not have so much of a problem with? Even worse is what will happen in regards to works that advocating additional sundry debaucheries such as fornication and suicide?

And though these standards are supposedly for public schools, what will happen to students in private schools that wish to maintain their academic independence?

by Frederick Meekins

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