Rigor. The Merriam-Webster dictionary says it means, among other things, "an act of strictness, severity or cruelty." As horrible as that sounds, the word rigor has spread like a bad plague that makes up look like down.
To far too many of those who are making the decisions in our nation's schools, teachers are interchangeable parts; one is just as good as another. If they weren't smart enough to get out of the classroom and get into a higher paying job, they deserve whatever they get.
The NYT called this Common Core national standards effort "a bipartisan project at variance with the highly polarized political mood in Washington." I call it a unilateral policy leaving out teachers, students, and parents.