The collapse of test scores in New York State was immediately followed by a ringing endorsement by business leaders. Their statement was assembled by Education Reform Now, a corporate reform group that promotes privatization.

The business leaders, including Joel Klein, are certain that there will be no prepared workers for them to hire without Common Core. How many of them know what the standards are? How many have read them? Since there is no evidence of anything they claim, why are they so adamant?

I have a modest proposal: Everyone who signs a statement endorsing Common Core should take the eighth grade tests in reading and math and publish their scores. These guys are successful. Let’s see if heir scores reflect their life success.

If they believe in the standards, they should give it a try.