Florida School Soars To Number One in State After Ditching Common Core
The Mason Classical Academy, a charter school in Naples, Florida, dumped the Common Core program in favor of traditional teaching methods. Since they did so, they jumped to the number one position in the Florida’s top schools list. They were not happy with the way it created unnecessary and complicated methods for relatively simple problems. The method was, and is, hurting down students.
These results look even better if you compare them to California. The state average is just 43 percent proficiency among third graders.
If you, the parent, have already found it difficult to help your child with their homework: You are probably facing the Common Core
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They have rejected the backward approach of Common Core. It sees kids memorize entire words in kindergarten before later being introduced to phonics once they are in elementary school. By that point, their brains are already used to whole words. This makes grasping the concept of phonics and applying it far more difficult than it needs to be.
What does the classical approach embraced by the Academy entail? According to their website: Language-focused learning based on written and spoken words makes the brain work harder to convert words into concepts, while image-based approaches encourage passivity.
The time-tested approach of phonics is very likely the reason you are able to read this article in the first place. It’s hard to imagine why anyone would consider it inadequate.
Thanks to the classical approach of phonics, an impressive 90 percent of the third-grade students at Mason Classical Academy were proficient in English Language Arts, compared to just 58 percent in the county overall, most of whom rely on Common Core.
In fact, the MCA third-graders were in Florida’s top two percent, while fifth graders from the academy ranked in the state’s top one percent.
The insanity of trying to fix the schools by using ‘new’ methods! Leaving the tried and true methods that work is not new.
Common Core is just the first time that the liberals tried to do it on a systematic level.
The Common Core standards were developed in 2009 and released in 2010. Within a matter of months, they had been endorsed by 45 states. At present, publishers are aligning their materials with the Common Core. Technology companies are creating software and curriculum aligned with the Common Core. Two federally-funded consortia have created online tests of the Common Core.
Even one of the original supporters, and creators of the method, Bill Gates, has since rejected the Common Core method.
Dr. Jane Robbins gives you everything you need to know about Common Core. Her 5 part series, Stop the Common Core:
The one-size fits all standards were thrust upon our schools without debate, in secret. They were designed, much like ObamaCare: To systematically take over the classroom.
Recent results have shown that the Common Core system has been an absolute failure. Test scores dropping everywhere it has been implemented. Many schools claimed they stopped using the standards. Many just re-branded it. They continued to use the methods.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has ordered an end to not only Common Core, but as well Core-type educational standards in the state.
Fulfilling a key education campaign promise, DeSantis said Thursday he had signed an executive order “eliminating Common Core and the vestiges of Common Core” from Florida’s public schools.
Florida may not have been calling its standards the Common Core, but its current standards have been fully based largely on them
Technically, Florida still has had many of the same Common Core concepts in place. They were just repackaged differently. Now, DeSantis wants a more permanent solution to parents’ concerns.
DeSantis’ executive order directs Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to develop a road map for a new way to educate the sunshine state’s students.
Click HERE for full details: FL Governor DeSantis Uses Executive Order to Get Rid of Common Core Standards
DeSantis also plans to require Corcoran to:
- Find ways to increase the quality of instructional curriculum in Florida.
- Suggest innovative ways to streamline testing in schools and make sure the testing is measuring success.
- Identify ways to make civic education a priority in Florida.
The Florida Education Association, the statewide teachers union, said it was encouraged that DeSantis wanted to involve parents and teachers in the effort to adopt new standards.
“We’re also pleased to hear that the administration will look at streamlining testing,” Frederick Ingram, the association’s president, said in a statement.
“Parents and our members cite time spent on testing — as versus on genuine teaching and learning — as one of their top concerns. If all stakeholders are heard, we have confidence that this effort can improve public education in Florida.”
Karen Effrem, executive director of the Florida Stop Common Core Coalition, said in an email her group was “thrilled with Governor DeSantis’ great efforts to keep his campaign promise and finally listen to the frustrations of parents.”
But she said she expected such a change won’t be easy.