Speaking at Hillsdale College’s 164th Commencement on May 14, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas evoked the important lessons about life that he learned working on a farm as a boy in Georgia, including the relatoinship between responsibility and freedom.

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In the immediate wake of the Obama administration's letter to school administrators Friday dictating “transgender” policy, at least two states have already issued statements saying they will not comply. The Texas statement, issued by the lieutenant governor, called the administration's directive “blackmail,” while the North Carolina statement, also issued by the lieutenant governor, called it “social experimentation” on students. Both statements make clear that the federal government has no authority to set transgender policy for the schools.

The Obama administration sent a federal directive Friday to all public schools across the nation stipulating what they must do to comply with the president's policy of interpreting Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to include “gender identity.” They must, for example, give transgender students full access to the school bathrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex.

Interpreting the word "sex" where it appears in federal law to include "gender identity" is the latest battlefront in “Transgender Wars.” But this bizarre reading of the law was telegraphed ahead of time and comes as no surprise. It is, nonetheless, an egregious overreach by the federal government as well as an assault on traditional morality.

Common Core represents a substantial reduction in school rigor, and it takes curriculum decisions from schools and parents, yet it may soon become almost impossible to avoid.

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