Last week we spent time talking about standards, and our conversation reminded me a bit of this week in Graphic Novels. For those of you who aren’t presently in both classes, I’ll give you a little background. This week we read Maus by Art Spiegelman. This graphic novel is based on Art’s father’s experience as a Jew during the Holocaust. Of course, as with every time I’ve learned about the Holocaust, the following question arose in my mind: How did we let this happen? Now to compare the Holocaust to the Common Core is rash and dramatic (and probably offensive), I understand. And even though I see that the comparison is extreme, there are some definite similarities between the two. The government came in with a “great” plan for education, forced it on schools (okay schools had a choice: massive budget cuts or accept the Common Core?), and although teachers express their concerns, nothing happens. Am I the only one bothered by this?