Ransom continues his tradition of fact-free columns. It is obvious he couldn’t take the time to actually read the standards at http://www.corestandards.org/.
A few of the many things he gets wrong:
The Federal Govt did not initiate the common core. It is being lead and implemented at the state level by the National Governer’s Associate and other state level organizations.
States are not required to adopt the standards.
Algebra is not being taken out of middle school. Students who master the prerequisites will be able to take Algebra in the 8th grade.