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Florida PTA president: Support the Common Core



All but two states are moving toward the adoption of common math and language arts standards as they seek ways to make U.S. students more competitive internationally. It's such a big deal that President Obama has included acceptance of the standards as a big point-getter toward his Race to the Top grant. Florida PTA president Karin Brown loves the idea. She submitted this piece to the Gradebook:

"I give a standing ovation that the release of the Common Core State Standards for public input as a common sense step toward a better education system.  These consistent standards may be defined as a simply as the skills and knowledge young people need to be successful in careers and college.  The standards are evidence and researched based; include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills; build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards; aligned with college and work expectations;informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society.

Teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.  As a parent and grandparent, I know clear consistent standards empowers parents to work with their child(ren) in achieving their learning objectives. 

The best and most exciting points that the standards establish is what students need to learn, but they will not dictate how teachers should teach.  Instead, schools and teachers will collaborate and decide how best to assist students reach their highest potential through critical thinking and problem solving skills to reach the standards.  The consistency of the standards translates into what all parents want for their students, the ability to graduate from school prepared to succeed, and build a strong future for themselves and the country.

Using the Common Core State Standards should mean that a parent who must move from one school to another, the student will assimilate into any school because of consistent standards across the state and nation.  The rigor of academia will be consistent and the student’s diploma upon graduation will mean the same as the top schools throughout the country no matter where student may decide to go for higher education or into the career world.  In short, our students will be prepared to compete in the global world and economy.  Parents, this means that you will save money on college remedial courses that often are required for admittance into a college, university or technical school

Teachers, principals, parents and others should take the time to review the standards during this public comment period.  Please go to  to view the Common Core State Standards, and I urge you to take advantage to this short period offered for public comment.  The standards are expected to be finalized in early spring.  There was only a twenty-day window for public participation.  Log on today to provide your thoughts at"

Agree? Post your comments here and then e-mail Brown at

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:54am]


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