I really, really like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). Not only did he fire that worthless sheriff, Scott Israel, down there that did not do his job when Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was besieged by a killer who took out students and staff there, he just signed an executive order eliminating Common Core in the state. DeSantis will wind up getting reelected at this rate, no problem.
DeSantis actually listened to the parents in his state who are very frustrated with Common Core Standards. Imagine that… a politician who keeps his campaign promises.
“Common Core has failed teachers, parents, and our children,” DeSantis wrote on Twitter Thursday. “That’s why I am issuing an Executive Order to eliminate Common Core in Florida. We will streamline standardized testing, make civics a priority in schools and increase the literacy rate.”
“I had a lot of parents who were frustrated because they didn’t understand some of the math. So, let’s try to get this right. We want to be very high quality, we want to demand excellence, but I think we want to do that in a way that’s responsive to some of the concerns we’ve had over the many number of years.”
Common Core has failed teachers, parents, and our children. That’s why I am issuing an Executive Order to eliminate Common Core in Florida. We will streamline standardized testing, make civics a priority in schools and increase the literacy rate. pic.twitter.com/dp5mnabiit
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantisFL) January 31, 2019
DeSantis will be instructing Florida’s education commissioner to “provide a road map to Florida-based standards, eliminating Common Core, as well as having the commissioner determine how to increase the quality of instructional curriculum, streamlining testing to measure success not teach to a test, and identifying ways to make civics education a priority in Florida.”
There are some VERY happy parents in Florida today.
“You really need to understand what makes America the country it is,” DeSantis said:
“We’re not a country where everyone has the same religious denomination or the same ethnic heritage. What unites, or what’s supposed to, is the ideas and certain principles that the country was founded on, that you see reflected in the Constitution, that have really been the focal points for a lot of the great debates we’ve had in the country’s history.”
“I think it’s important that when we’re sending some of these students out, they’re not only prepared for a career or for higher education, they’re prepared to discharge the duties of citizenship,” DeSantis stated.
Broward County Public Schools superintendent Robert Runice agrees with DeSantis:
“I welcome the opportunity to work with the governor and the commissioner of Education on revising standards and regulations to give local districts greater flexibility on curriculum and testing,” Runcie said in a statement, according to Local 10. “We need fundamental reforms in public education that will give our teachers the freedom they need to better engage students. It is time to reduce our reliance on a testing culture that is more about ranking students on their potential when our focus should be more on developing their potential.”
Critics of Common Core said it was too rigid a curriculum. Actually, it made no sense and taught students how NOT to learn. It confuses teaching methods for parents and takes away control from locals. DeSantis wants to implement a new plan, with the input of parents and teachers, in 2020. “I told you I was going to do something about this,” DeSantis said at a press conference… and he did.
The executive order states the state education commissioner must complete his review and submit it to the governor for approval by January 1, 2020. It’s impossible to undo the damage already done by Common Core in the schools in Florida, but at least future students will be able to actually learn and some of this insanity will stop. Good for DeSantis.