Students and teachers need standards to guide and evaluate teaching and learning. Standards do not impugn an educator's professionalism, rather they are inherent to best pedagogical practices.
M. Donald Thomas ("Common Core supporters providing misinformation," Forum, March 7) does not really understand the current Common Core standards. Standards guide curriculum but are not curriculum. Because of the diversity of technology and available content resources, today more than ever education needs standards.
I could not understand Mr. Thomas' assertion that the Common Core standards would lead to ridicule, punishment and privatization of underfunded and disadvantaged public schools. If anything, it is to be expected that common standards and high expectations would level the playing field for all students when it comes to college and career readiness,integral to the mission of the Common Core standards.