Florida's Common Core tweaks amount to very little

January 17, 2014 

The Florida Department of Education's proposed revisions to the so-called Common Core State Standards amount to a little more than a public relations ploy, but not much more (Herald, "Florida schools officials propose 98 changes to Common Core standards," Jan. 14).

Some of the dozens of changes to the voluminous English and math standards are constructive, such as adding cursive alongside the keyboarding preferred by CCSS wonks, and restoring some calculus omitted by those ingenious wonks.

However, those additions are a minuscule part of CCSS, falling well within the 15 percent of content states were allowed to add under the agreement they signed with the private trade groups that copyrighted the CCSS.

Florida's tweaking does nothing to reverse the Common Core's drastic downgrading of classic literature or its shortchanging of students aspiring to STEM majors in prestigious universities. Furthermore, changing the name to "Florida Standards" is an insult to the intelligence of Floridians.

Robert Holland, Senior Fellow for Education Policy, Heartland InstituteChicago

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