We usually think of education, at all levels, as a state responsibility. Yet, there is nothing in our constitution that makes this explicit. A result has been growing involvement by the federal government, at both the K-12 and tertiary levels. An example of this, and the backlash it has created, can be seen in the Common Core Curriculum.
The Common Core for elementary and secondary students has touched off a storm of debate not because of content, but rather because of the perceived “intrusion” of the federal government into an arena historically administered by state and local authorities. This move toward greater centrality of decision-making has come about because of presumed failures of legacy systems to act effectively in advancing education attainment, as well as the growing realization that greater education is an essential need for our country’s future. Absent an educated workforce, our economy is endangered, as is our technology-dependent national defense. In short, some at the federal level have come to believe that education is too important to be left entirely to others, with their varying standards of quality and achievement.