Fl has officially jumped ship on Common Core and I am irate.
If you've read through some of the threads in the group you may assume it's because I like the standards. And I do like them.
But chances are I would be just as happy with other standards as well. It's my job to teach the standards I am mandated to teach. Honestly, I don't care what they are as long as they are appropriate. I have the freedom to teach how I want to and I am confident my students will thrive no matter what standards I am given.
So why am I so upset?
It's because Florida (I suspect like other states abandoning CC) has announced we will be teaching our own set of standards. But guess what? They are 95% identical to the Common Core standards that have been vilified by so many.
This enrages me (no not, an exaggeration) because it's blatant political manipulation. If the citizens and politicians of Florida really felt Common Core wasn't best for the state and came up with something better that would be fine. But that's not what happened. They came up with a new name for Common Core and they are pretending they came up with something better.
And the part that makes me the maddest is that it's worked like a charm. All over my Facebook and when I run into people they are so happy we've gotten rid of Common Core. It couldn't be more clear that all these people who are so concerned about CC haven't even bothered to read it. And they won't bother to read the "new" standards replacing it.
But since Facebook and the rest of the internet won't be flooded with deceiving blog posts about how horrible the Florida standards are everyone will assume they must be much better.
It's so frustrating to know that most people are unwilling to take the time and effort to read the standards and understand what they really are. So many are content to let other people's opinions stand as facts. It's a sad statement on society.
That's my rant of the day. Thanks for reading.