[Susan notes: The Atlantic (October 18), in response to their "big question" column soliciting opinions about The Greatest Scam of All Time. Nominations included Bitcoin, psychics, and Madoff. Stephen Krashen's suggestion nicely summarizes why CC$$ is such a scam. ]
To the editor
Just in case discussion of this big question (October, 2014) is not closed, I nominate The Common Core State Standards (abbreviation: CC$$). The CC$$ attempts to solve a problem that does not exist, our so-called failing schools, by imposing what education expert Susan Ohanian describes as "a radical untried curriculum overhaul" and "nonstop national testing."
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