Academic standards that help prepare students for the real world will undergo major changes if an official, who is responsible for implementing state laws and overseeing the state executive branch, has his way.
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis confirmed the Sunshine State will revamp Common Core standards for English language, arts, and maths studies to create a “world-class education” system that prepares children for the “jobs of the future.”
The Republican made an election promise to overhaul the educational curriculum for children attending kindergarten through grade 12, and hopes to deliver it through the proposed Florida Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards.
“When I took office, I made a pledge to the citizens of Florida to overhaul our educational standards to remove all vestiges of Common Core and return to the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic,” he said in a statement.
The new standards promise to end what he calls “confusing or crazy math” that prevented parents from helping their students at home, confusing vocabulary that made it harder for parents and teachers to understand what students needed from them, and having to wait until grade nine before students are allowed to use rhetorical debate in class according to a fact sheet.
Schools will instead shift the focus away from the methodology and more toward the correct answer, introduce financial literacy throughout high school to teach responsible spending, and encourage a better balance between skills and concepts to help struggling students catch up.
Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho admitted teachers have made several complaints against the Common Core standards for maths.
“Teachers never really embraced it, parents never really understood it,” he said according to the Daily Wire.
The governor described the changes, for which he sought extensive consultation, as a “historic task” that would help make Florida the “best state in the nation for education.”
“My deepest thanks to Commissioner [Richard] Corcoran and Department of Education staff, Florida teachers, parents, subject matter experts, and stakeholders for their participation in this transparent, in-depth and comprehensive process,” he said in the statement.
The commissioner thanked the governor for keeping education high on his agenda.
“Under his bold leadership, these new standards represent the highest quality knowledge-based standards in the nation,” Corcoran said in the statement. “They not only incorporate civics throughout every grade, a first of their kind in the nation, ensuring that our students are well versed in the United States Constitution and the responsibilities of citizenship, they also provide educators with clear and concise standards. I am confident our students will thrive academically and be well prepared for success.”