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Parents and teachers voice opinions on Common Core

Parents and teachers share thoughts on Common Core
Posted at 10:48 PM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 22:48:19-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — At a news conference on Thursday, Governor DeSantis announced an executive order that would eliminate the Common Core standards in Florida.

Florida adopted the standards in 2010, then created the Florida Standards in 2014.

The standards highlight what K-12 students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade level.

During the announcement, DeSantis said they were changing the standards because parents and teachers weren’t being listened to.

Kevin Daly, President of the Teachers Association-Lee County, says teachers should be a part of the conversation.

“I think it’s important to have us at the table as experts of child development. And experts in the curriculum that’s going to be taught my members not only in Lee County but all across the state,” Daly said.

Some of the Common Core standards require teachers to teach problem solving in new ways that are based on research.

Shannon Hazlett, says the new techniques confuse her and her daughter.

“I just think it’s too hard for the kids to understand and the parents can’t help the kids because we were all taught a different way,” Hazlett said.

Hazlett says she fully supports a new set of standards, but wants to be a part of the conversation.

Daly says it’s important to have standards to ensure equal education everywhere.

“A third grade student in Lee County should be learning the same thing that any other third grader is learning in the state,” Daly said.

Daly says bringing in teachers will have expert opinions on what the standards should like.

“Well I think the most important thing is that they’re age appropriate, grade appropriate, and developmentally appropriate,” Daly said.