It may be that the prospect of an active, informed, educated citizenry is so frightening because it would begin to question how the United States ended up with so many elected officials who are not only ignorant about science and history, but are willfully ignorant and want to impose their ignorance on the rest of us.
We can call the CCSS the Common Core State Benchmarks, Guidelines, Requirements, or Ensigns for all I care. But this does not eliminate the fundamental truth that the CCSS is a curriculum. And like many iterations of curriculum, it is sullied by the ideologies and personal ambitions of its architects.
The students were paying me zero attention, the thread of dialogue was going in a different direction than I had planned, and I felt like a complete failure as a member of the faculty. And then, the actual professor asked the class a question and I quickly remembered, "Oh... yeah... this isn't my course."