If we get this right, by the 2014-2015 school year the standards that kids are held accountable to in 46 states will finally align with what they actually need to know in college and in the real world.
Memo to grandparents, aunts, uncles, seventh cousins twice removed, overly-familiar doctors, creepy neighbors, long-lost college friends, recently found college friends and all married folk: just don't go there.
Standards aren't the problem. Standards are great. When you have standards, it allows you to set goals in your life and hold yourself accountable. The problem is that people have the wrong standards -- ones they don't require of themselves.