The most ridiculous ed idea of the week so far comes to us from Florida, where Gov. Rick Scott organized a three-day education summit for ed leaders, legislators, teachers and parents. He sent interim Education Commissioner Pam Stewart to lead it, opting not to attend himself.
The second day of the summit was Tuesday, when the subject at hand was the Common Core State Standards. Florida was an enthusiastic adopter of the standards but that support began to wane this year amid concerns about the initiative that include cost of implementation and standardized test security.
In July, the state’s top Republican lawmakers sent a letter asking the state’s education commissioner — who then was Tony Bennett — to pull out of a group designing high-stakes standardized tests aligned with the standards and not to accept those assessments as a replacement for the state’s current exams. Bennett resigned this month after he was found to have showed favor to a charter school run by a Republican donor when he was Indiana’s school chief.
This story in the Tampa Bay Times by Cara Fitzpatrick about the summit gives us our silliest ed idea of the week so far. She wrote that summit participants talked about doing a better job of communicating to the public what the standards are and how they will be implemented. To address concerns over the Core, this thought was raised:
One suggestion was to change the name of Common Core or remove mention of it, emphasizing that the standards are Florida’s. Others said that could be confusing, making people believe that yet another new set of standards was being adopted.
Or, in other words, lie to the public.
Sounds pretty ridiculous to me, but I’m open to suggestions about even sillier ideas proposed this week.
Education blogger Chris Guerrieri sent an e-mail saying that the same story linked to above offered an even more ridiculous idea… It says:
Florida Board Chairman Gary Chartrand suggested that the state look for a curriculum or instructional materials for Common Core that “align with Florida’s values and culture.” He said reading lists could upset people; particularly in they mentioned topics such as socialism or homosexuality.
Guerrieri has a good point….