There has been a fair amount of conservative opposition to Common Core standards, nationally imposed educational standards. Four states have yet to implement the standards.
It appears the biggest fear of conservatives in these states is the “Big Brother” federal government seizing control of education, a prized local jurisdiction.
Yet, the Common Core standards very minimally restrict the autonomy of local school districts. Their national specifications on curriculum run only along the broad lines of concepts such as geometry or sentence structures, allowing local school districts a great deal of wiggle room within those subjects.
Even if the Common Core standards were to give the federal government complete control of education, so what? The fear of conservatives that a large federal government can be turned on the people seems far-fetched and contradictory to the conservative belief in expanding the military and its autonomy.
Federal government control of education would only further improve the standardization of the Common Core standards. Ironically, it would help students in the poorest regions of America, those that tend to be most conservative, the most.
Standardization would bring up education standards in these areas and ensure that these students are more prepared to get a quality college education. Doing so would also prevent unfair discrimination by state in the college admissions and job admissions process. This ensures a fundamental belief of Americans in justness. Would it not be better to preserve this positive right to fairness in the education system rather than combatting a fictitious negative right to prevent the federal government from expanding?
It is true that the writers of the American constitution set out a deliberately weak federal government to prevent the excesses of federal government under Great Britain that had caused the American Revolution in the first place. However, it has been over 200 years since then and the federal government has never abused its power. As such, it is safe to assume that allowing the federal government more power in education will produce few detriments.
Additionally, the Constitution in itself should never be a justification. After all, nearly all post-revolutionary societies favored a weak federal government. However, most of these nations changed their interpretations of their Constitutions based on changing times. Americans need to go beyond justifying stalemate and stagnation by the Constitution and instead work to justify why those measures are in the Constitution in the first place and, if unable to do that, work to repeal those clauses. Doing so is the only way that conservatives will stop preventing progressive measures such as the Common Core standards that are in the best interest of the nation from passing.