Every time I go to my in-laws house, my MIL's sister has to always start about the evils of common core. Today she lent me a dvd which was full of preposterous, outrageous things regarding common core and things like scanning irises, monitoring facial expression, and a whole bunch of nefarious ways of gathering data on kids. I don't agree with those things at all and question the veracity of this information. Very conspiracy sounding to me. But I tend to discredit this because they jump all over the standards and IMO, present misinformation on them. I love the majority of aspects regarding the standards, not everything--but most things. Like I love that I teach my students multiple methods in multiplication and division. Kids see multiply methods, pick the ones they like best, and guess what methods like box method (multiplication) and partial quotients (division) reach the low kids who are then able to correctly solve problems which they stumble all over long division and regrouping. They also bring up social studies and science, like they are a part of common core. But the standards for those subject do not derive from common core. ?? But I must admit, my overall knowledge of common core is limited to just reading the standards. What is all of the hullabaloo about, and is there any merit to the objections against common core?