Fri August 23, 2013
Brogan: Might Be Best to Slow Down Common Core
There used to be a bipartisan consensus on the Common Core curriculum standards, which are designed to prepare students better for college or a career.
Florida is one of 45 states that has adopted the new standards – in fact, it's one of the leaders. But the bipartisanship was upended when the tea party movement became alarmed about collecting data on students.
They're trying to halt Common Core before it's used in every state classroom when the school year begins in 2014. Now outgoing university chancellor Frank Brogan says it might be wise to slow down.
"It's better to get it right than it is to get it fast", Brogan said. "And I think fast is being pushed a little bit too much to a greater degree these days."
Boosters of Common Core say students will spend less time memorizing and more time learning to analyze and think critically.
Opponents say the new standards will increase testing and cost more.
Florida Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford have said they think Florida should have its own assessment tool for the standards.