Charlie Crist doesn’t get it about Common Core

From the Tampa Times: “I haven’t always agreed with Jeb
Bush, I must admit, but I do agree with him that we should continue to push
higher and never settle,” said Crist, voicing his support for the Common
Core educational standards that have drawn criticism from both the right and
left.

Pushing higher and settling however are not the issues with
common core that most teachers I know have. The massive cost that siphons
billions nationwide out of the classroom, the reliance on high stakes testing
that suck the joy out of learning (and teaching) for so many and the fact we
aren’t ready, are.

Not only don’t we have the technological infrastructure but classes
aren’t ready. How are we supposed to start it for the whole system when only
the early grades have been exposed? Education is supposed to build on previous
learning and with common core that has happened yet.
So Mr. Crist you are right not to agree with Jeb Bush but
you also need to pump the breaks on common core and advocate for us making sure
we do it right.
Is that too much to ask?

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