Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Ms. Malkin! I'm an educational writer and have railed against this common core standards tripe for years. My mother was an elementary school teacher for over 30 years, and through her eyes, I witnessed the disintegration of our L.A. City Schools in the name of progressive education. I myself learned the old-fashioned way -- by rote -- and that is information that sticks. The more progressive we get in this country, the more backwards we become.