You can say what you want, but within public education, if the state mandates Common Core, all local school districts are required to implement the standards. Many conservative states have been duped into implementing common core. I believe it is simply the "everybody's doing it" mentality. As a teacher, trying to implement common core language arts standards, it is a nightmare. The standards are ambiguous consist of over generalizations. In short, they are simply too vague. I am not sure what can be done. The Common Core tide is rising, and even states like Arizona and Utah have adopted them.