Over the years, I have had the pleasure of advising several states as they were revising their academic standards. The process was always carried out by the state commissioner, who selected teachers and scholars from across the state and sometimes from out of state. My own most exhilarating experience was in California, where I helped a committee of educators write the history-social science standards. No legislators were involved.

Now, many states are pulling out of the Common Core, which was imposed on them in a fast deal between the U.S. Department of Education, the Gates Foundation, and several D.C. Insider organizations. Lyndsey Layton of the Washington Post reports that legislators in a dozen states are stepping in to take control of academic standards.

This is a terrible idea. Legislators have no academic competence to write academic standards. This is a sure way to politicize Americann education. Politicians should do their work and let educators do their work. Educators are the experts on what students should know and be able to do.

Let’s hope that states have the good sense to rely on their best teachers and scholars to protect the interests of the state and the children.