Saw a news item a few weeks ago that could be exhibit A regarding what educators are calling a Common Core of Knowledge that a student graduating from any high school in the country should have mastered. The multi-millionaire superstar of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant, was telling a reporter about the entire Lakers team having gone to see Daniel Day Lewis’ exceptional performance in the movie Lincoln. Asked to characterize his and the team’s reaction to the film, Bryant said they all thought it was a pretty good movie but were shocked and surprised by the ending. Really? These gazillionaire basketball players, most of whom supposedly are college graduates, none of them including Kobe, knew that Lincoln had been the first president to be assassinated? That folks is what developing a Common Core of Knowledge for students to master is all about. It is not a plot by the Federal government to usurp local control of our public schools. It is not a conspiracy to brainwash our students into becoming liberal leaning robots who will look to Big Brother for everything/Chris Carlson, The Carlson Chronicles. More here.