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Florida Gov. DeSantis Orders Removal of Common Core From Schools

Florida Gov. DeSantis Orders Removal of Common Core From Schools


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order to end Common Core standards in the schools. From WPTV:

“One of things we would constantly hear about on the campaign trail is frustration from parents with Common Core and the testing,” said Gov. DeSantis at a news conference at Ida S. Baker High School in Cape Coral.

The Governor said he wants to work with the Florida Department of Education, as well as speak with teachers and parents about their experiences with Common Core.

“Let’s get this right,” said Gov. DeSantis “We want high quality, we want to demand excellence.”

The Governor said he wants to streamline standardized testing, make civics a priority in schools, and increase the rate of literacy.

When I taught we had No Child Left Behind and I thought it couldn’t get worse. Then came Common Core, which requires even more standardized testing and contains harder guidelines. Common Core math basically makes you figure out the answer for 2+2 in the most complicated ways.

Florida approved of the standards in 2009 and rolled them out in 2010. The state changed the standards a bit in 2014.

DeSantis said it will not be easy to erase Common Core, but will begin the process with Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran on Thursday. More than likely it will take about a year to get rid of them.


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Congratulations! May Florida lead the way out of CC!
Thank you Gov. DeSantis!

Returning to pre-conflation days. Next stop: Mars.

The notion of Common Core, namely a succinct summary of the basics for children in grades K-12, makes sense. We want our children to have basic competence that an adult needs by the time they are in grade 8, plus either a foundation for further academic training or a trade by grade 12.

What parents saw was unacceptable gibberish, particularly with respect to the math, where the actual math consultants for the project were never consulted. They had every right to be livid.

We have a lot of experience with teaching kids, particularly from K-8. I would suggest finding the best schools and teachers, and asking them how to teach the relevant subjects.

We should also consult our military, which runs a very large and excellent educational program. What I saw in ROTC and CAP and Devil Pups, for example, is easily applicable to grade school and middle school.

    nicklevi86 in reply to Valerie. | January 31, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Considering mandatory State Education was birthed out of Bismark-ian militarism to begin with we may as well go back to it’s purpose. That, and brink back apprenticeships for those who have no need of university credentialing.

      Liberty in reply to nicklevi86. | February 2, 2019 at 10:27 am

      McDonald’s founder, Ray Kroc, said the same thing 50+ years ago. He got so tired of university presidents hitting him up to endow chairs at their universities and he would decline telling them that they did not teach people how to make a living. Then he would make them an offer that if they would set up a school for the trades he would give them all the money they needed.

      Not one university ever took him up on his generous offer.

    Antifundamentalist in reply to Valerie. | January 31, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    When Common Core was in it’s roll-out stages, there was a lot of touting of the experts that contributed to it. Notably absent from the list were Child Development Specialists, you know, those people who can tell you whether or not the program was age and/or developmentally appropriate for the average child who was expected to learn it. Stop and think about that.


    Don’t leave out the fact that Common Core was a sinister tool of the left. Given the potential for such corruption, we just cannot trust the federal government to mandate anything over anyone.

    The fed should set standards, but get the hell out of the way of how they are implemented.

I live in Florida, and while Gov. DeSantis’s comments about strengthening civics education for secondary students is important, I hope he also supports making it mandatory for college and university students. In 2016, the Florida legislature passed a civics literacy bill for grades K-20. During debate members quickly decided that civics is composed of two things: a knowledge of government and a knowledge of history. Yet the postsecondary part of the bill gave students the option of taking EITHER government or history, or bypassing both by taking an existing assessment. When the the relevant agencies implemented the legislation, it allowed students to bypass the coursework by passing the AP Test, or at the university level, a modified version of the fifth- grade- level U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Test. In other words, even though a demonstration of civic literacy is required in two or four year colleges, it is possible to go entirely through both without taking either a government class or history class. Gov. DeSantis needs to insist upon the establishment of mandatory government and history courses in colleges and universities.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Wing. | January 31, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Actual history, not PC versions.

    hrhdhd in reply to Wing. | February 1, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Maybe, but they will also have to increase the number of hours for financial aid and standard tuition. As it is, students at my 2-year school can hardly take all their required courses in 60 credit hours.

Some politicians are listening to conservatives and get it.


Paging Charlie Crist, you seeing how it’s done when you listen to the voters and not the media?

I thought the anecdote of the AP kid learning a trade was wonderful!

I’ve long advocated that kids should learn a trade (or two) regardless of whether they go on to college. For one thing, it tends to ground them in reality.

    Milwaukee in reply to Ragspierre. | February 1, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Yes. Learn a trade, I agree wholeheartedly. Besides, in the world of self esteem, being able to do something tangible-like replace a broken toilet, or paint a room, or a house or change the brake pads, little things to be sure, but yes, you can actually do something. And if you have a craft, a trade, you make a difference.

    “In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.” – Yogi Berra

    They need to learn that that ideal taught in their books is the ideal.


DeSantis: Doing all the things in 2 months that Scott was too chickenshit to do over 8 years.

If you’ve ever seen a textbook from the early 20th century, you know that students were much more educated then. Why not just go back to the methods that actually worked?

I remember reading my kids “History” books as the progressed through school. I thought I was reading about another country! I had no idea that the crap they were being taught was about America. People that I had never heard of or barely heard of got the same amount of pages as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. I learned that many things that I had been taught in my school years were not true and that the new truths were quite different. I am glad De Santis has started down this path but we all have to remember that the books are written by left-wing crazies and then approved by left-wing school boards. Common core was horrible but until we get honest and accurate books it is all for naught.

    Also keep in mind that many textbooks are written specifically for the California and Texas markets and then sold to other states.

The rote arithmetic memorization exercises and the phonics we had in the 1950s worked very well. I am encouraging my daughter to read alphabet books to her little one, so by the time she gets to school she’ll already be able to read and sound out words. I’ll probably send arithmetic flash cards. People trained this way were very well able to handle advanced math topics in high school. Two of my best female friends of my age, taught the way we all were, have PhDs, one in chemistry and one in space physics.

    herm2416 in reply to tarheelkate. | February 1, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Already homeschooling! ????????????????
    Our daughter is a math tutor at her college….the first-ever non-math major to do so. She is the youngest of three, so she heard the lessons of the other two. By the time she was 15, she was in early transcendental calculus.
    She doesn’t even like math, but she’s very good at it.

Nothing new. About 40-45 years ago, Robert Heinlein wrote an essay titled “The Happy Days Ahead – The Decline of Education” which I transcribed and posted on a small blog where I hang out (links below).

From the first part of the essay:

“My father never went to college. He attended high school in a southern Missouri town of 3000+, then attended a private 2-year academy roughly analogous to junior college today, except that it was very small – had to be; a day school, and Missouri had no paved roads.

Here are some of the subjects he studied in back-country 19th century schools: Latin, Greek, physics (natural philosophy), French, geometry, algebra, 1st year calculus, bookkeeping, American history, World history, chemistry, geology.

Twenty-eight years later I attended a much larger school. I took Latin and French but Greek was not offered; I took physics and chemistry but geology was not offered. I took geometry and algebra but calculus was not offered. I took American history and ancient history but no comprehensive history course was offered. Anyone wishing comprehensive history could take (each a one-year 5-hrs/wk course) ancient history, medieval history, modern European history, American history – and note that the available courses ignored all of Asia, all of South America, all of Africa except ancient Egypt, and touched Canada and Mexico solely with respect to our wars with each.

I’ve had to repair what I missed with a combination of travel and private study … and must admit that I did not tackle Chinese history in depth until this year. My training in history was so spotty that it was not until I went to the Naval Academy and saw captured battle flags that I learned that we fought Korea some eighty years earlier than the mess we are still trying to clean up.

From my father’s textbook I know that the world history course he studied was not detailed (how could it be?) but at least it treated the world as round; it did not ignore three fourths of our planet.”

When I was younger, my Dad told me, “Learn a skill and you will always be able to make enough money to never go hungry.”

I have several skills that I could fall back on if I ever needed to.

Well, we should be able to dredge up some math books from the 40’s that would put us back on top…