After reading George Will’s column (March 12) complaining about a possible national educational curriculum, I find that he, like most other conservative commentators on this subject who want local or even state control of education in this country, overlook the nature of our very mobile society today.

Because American families are apt to move from community to community or state to state any number of times, the lack of national standards for education can be most detrimental to students. These children may well find themselves one year in a school that has low standards and the next year in one with very high standards. Or they may encounter the reverse, moving from higher standards to lower standards.

Thus, they may well find themselves in one school that teaches only evolution and the next year in one that includes creationism in its science courses, in one school that requires high reading skills and then one that does not, in one that emphasizes excellent civics courses and then one that has none.

With such disparity within our American education systems, we can well put our students at a decided disadvantage, challenging them in one school and boring them in the next, or vice versa.

From what I can tell, there seems to be little consideration in the media regarding this situation. As a result, our children are likely to be short-changed in their education because our politicians are more focused on their fiefdoms than on quality education for all American students, and supported in this limited vision by commentators like George Will.

William J. Leffler II is a resident of Kennebunkport.