Dr. Sowell, Another excellent column, as usual! Thank you. Another travesty in education is the Common Core standards push done through "Race to the Top" grants. I'm a retired teacher of English, grades 11 & 12. I'm thankful I retired when I did because of the changes I've seen in the short time since then. The latest which I read at FoxNews.com in December has to do with what forms of novels, poems, and non-fiction will define English instruction. "English teachers are being told that 50% of their course material must be derived from 'informational texts.' (Actually, the informational text requirement starts at a 'mere' 25% for kindergarteners. It rises to 70% for high school students."