77% graduation rate nationally and inUtah. 25% percent are college ready. This is a fear tactic. Government is not the enemy, no leadership is. If you want to educate your children then be involved. Don’t blame the federal government for the failure of us as parents to do our job by being a partner in the education process. Common Core is not perfect, but when you rank 18 in the world (OECD indicators), then clearly something must be done. Out of the OECD countries only Luxembourg,New Zealand,Turkey,Spain,Sweden,PortugalandMexicorank lower. Investing in education is is part of our national defense against tyranny and fear based rhetoric such as this is tyranny. Democracy, if you give more than lip service to it is a fluid exploration of the human experience. As such as citizens, as parents we should be open to any program or initiative that creates a better chance for prosperity for our children. High standards for students and teachers is not an infringement on freedom, it is a striving to be the very best that we can be. Is that something we should be afraid of?