Standards for public schools called Common Core are being adopted in California — slowly. Not all grades are taking new tests, and no scores will be made public until all students take them next year. But protest, like that in New York and other states, is beginning to build. It’s not the goals of critical thinking and analytical skills, but those tests. We get a progress report. Also, should Los Angeles Metro take a class in the physics of wind power?
Later, on To the Point, revelations of NSA spying threw a scare into Internet users. Now the White House is proposing to regulate use of the same technology by retailers, employment agencies and financial companies. We hear from privacy advocates and from Silicon Valley, which warns against limiting the fastest growing sector of the economy.