"Lyndsey Layton explains that Bill Gates financed the CC from start to finish. Two points need to be considered.1-Gates wrongly assumed that the biggest problem in American education was its its diversity, its lack of uniformity. Gates made several speeches about the need for uniform standards, comparing them to standards for electricity, allowing anyone to plug in an appliance anywhere...but children are not toasters and teachers are not merely deliverers of content. 2-the Common Core Standards moved so rapidly that they became toxic. In a few years, they will be forgotten, obsolete. Standards for electricity may be national and stable. Teaching and learning are dynamic, dependent on the social conditions of families and children, as well as changing knowledge of teaching and learning. All that money down the drain"