I am an opponent of Common Core(2009+) , Race to the Top(2009) , No Child Left Behind(2001) , and all prior federal action in education , because Congress has no Constitutional authority to intervene in education, government action always disrupts the voluntary interactions of individuals (the free market) , and learning requires inspiration not standards. The teacher motivates and inspires. The student is ultimately responsible for learning.
I believe that individuals taking responsibility for their own learning is far superior to imposed education.
I believe compulsory education is immoral.
I believe that good standards do not have to be forced on people(government action is always coercive). Being in the software field, computing is full of standards that were voluntarily adopted. HTTP for example was not imposed on everyone, yet it is now a nearly ubiquitous standard. I do not believe it requires coercive action to make thousands of professors and teachers agree that the pythagorean theorem is a relation in Euclidean geometry among the three sides of a right triangle.
I included a list of video resources that have had an impact on the way I think about government education.
Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity
Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms
Dr. Duke Pesta: Common Core
Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education
Joshua Katz: Toxic culture of education
Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover
Ramsey Musallam: 3 rules to spark learning