National Standards A "Giant Time-Waster," Says Spellings
"I don't think the way to do it is a one-size-fits-all national standard that morphs into a national curriculum that morphs into national textbooks," says EdSec Spellings in this US News interview.
"It's the wrong way to go, and it's a giant time-waster."
I'm actually a proponent of national standards, and pushed for them mightily when I worked in the Senate for Jeff Bingaman. But the politics are all wrong on this right now.