Arguably one of the most important issues currently being debated in this campaign is the adoption, or not, of Common Core Standards.
While the adoption of Common Core Standards did not begin as a political issue (it is and always has been all about the $$money$$), it has been "elevated" to that level by those who would use the issue in hopes it will improve their otherwise same ole same ole "lies and misdemeanors" campaign strategy. Well, in a manner of speaking anyway, because in Louisiana we often have convicted felons, sexual perverts and thieves in elected office or running for elected office. Just read the newspaper any given day.
As for CCSS, candidates are ill advised to "pick a side" on this issue for any number of reasons.
Besides being a very hot topic that sports top level supporters and opponents on BOTH ends of the political spectrum, it is a subject that NONE of the candidates hold expertise in. So rising to the top of the cesspool created by CCSS will only improve your status in that venue!
Candidates will find, and have found, it very difficult to keep their hooves out of their mouths when confronted by the exponentially growing number of parents and teacher opponents who are either trained education professionals or have made it a point to educate themselves to protect their most previous possessions - their children.
And it doesn't matter whether their wallpaper consists of copies of The Constitution or Bob Dylan posters, they are determined that THEIR CHILDREN are not human capital that should be standardized or mesmerized in front of computers where "personalized learning" means the old computer is the new person. These education "experts" in and out of the classroom do not have a vision of education as a global COMPETITION with their children, teachers and schools being labelled as winners or losers! They SIMPLY, yes simply, want for their children what we should all want for EVERY child - a safe, encouraging, supportive environment where they can be introduced to all the world and life have to offer so that when they are ready to make the determination FOR THEMSELVES , they have a foundation to build their futures using their own blueprints.
I compare the last few years of so-called education reform in our state to our history of invasive species brought here usually by do-gooders and sometimes profiteers.