Here is a one-hour interview with Neal McCluskey, a prominent – and well-versed – critic of Common Core:
One thing I would like to add to McCluskey’s response to Petrilli (around the 8:00 mark). While discussing the difference of wages across various occupations, Adam Smith wrote:
People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices. It is impossible indeed to prevent such meetings, by any law which either could be executed, or would be consistent with liberty and justice. But though the law cannot hinder people of the same trade from sometimes assembling together, it ought to do nothing to facilitate such assemblies; much less to render them necessary.
If this practice tends towards conspiracies against the public when practiced by businessmen, why do we think it tends towards benevolence when practiced by school superintendents?