Well, Mr. Bush, I DO dissent. I disagree that states came to CCSS voluntarily since there were all kinds of monetary incentives to get them there. I will disagree that standards are higher and deeper than ever before. You see, I have been in education for almost 40 years. I know better. And I also disagree that criticizing CCSS means I prefer mediocrity over excellence. What I DO value is RESEARCH over politics. What I decry is the throwing of the baby out with the bathwater routine one more time (remember back when we had to dismiss whole language in favor of phonemic awareness? remember when read aloud research was left out of the "scientific" studies included to support NCLB initiatives?). So, reading for pleasure, listening to read alouds, choice, and so much more are going out the door as frustrated and frightened folks implement CCSS in an almost willy-nilly way. It seems that having fewer and deeper and higher standards is still confusing to all save the makers of the assessments.
The one advantage age gives me is a 20-20 vision of the road we have already traveled. Been there, Done that. I might need glasses to see the fine print, but I know it is there. And I know that you will move on to some other topic eventually whereas teachers will be stuck in the quagmire being produced by the push to get CCSS into classrooms long after you are focused on something else.
If we wish to teach our students about logic and reasoning and how NOT to argue a case, we might begin with these declarations by those who support CCSS without really understanding its impact on the most important resource we have: the kids.