Common Core Racial Standards in Florida

PolitiChicks.comIn 2013 I wrote about the Common Core racial standards. Alabama was in the process of adopting standards that would be different for different races.

According to news reports the new standards “sets a different standard for students in each of several subgroups — American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, black, English language learners, Hispanic, multi-race, poverty, special education and white.”

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I’m not really surprised to report that Florida is now doing the same thing. As I pointed out in 2013,

“Racism is never going to go away at the rate our leaders are going. No, racism is alive and well in America and not so much where you might expect it to be. Not so much with the average American. It’s alive and well with our dear leaders and our policy makers and it filters down through the government controlled education system onto the next generation.

We are all human and all human beings are created with the level of intelligence they are supposed to have. There are brilliant African Americans and there are dumb as dirt White people and the other way around. What do you suppose a test looks like for bi-racial students? Students with more than two ethnicities are probably a real conundrum.”

“To expect less from one demographic and more from another is just a little off-base,” Juan Lopez, magnet coordinator at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Riviera Beach, told the Palm Beach Post.

JFK Middle has a black student population of about 88 percent.

“Our kids, although they come from different socioeconomic backgrounds, they still have the ability to learn,” Lopez said. “To dumb down the expectations for one group, that seems a little unfair.”

Just like Alabama, NCLB is the culprit. According to State Board of Education Chairwoman Kathleen Shanahan said that setting goals for different subgroups was needed to comply with terms of a waiver that Florida and 32 other states have from some provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. These waivers were used to make the states independent from some federal regulations.

Now, I’m no educrat or supremely intelligent government employee so forgive my question here. But how is tying yourself and your students to a new government demand, like the racial standards, to get out of other government demands via NCLB, actually getting you out from under the government’s thumb?

Macey France

Oregon PolitiChick Macey France is co-founder of the Stop Common Core in Oregon and is working with parents across the state to educate and help them to learn how to advocate for their children's education. Macey has spoken at many Common Core informational meetings across the state of Oregon. Macey's articles on Common Core have been picked up by various news outlets and she has been a guest on many radio shows across the nation. Macey's article about The Bluest Eye was featured on a panel on Al Jazeera America and was nominated for a CPAC Blogger Award for Best Sunlight Post of 2013. Macey is a strong conservative with libertarian leanings, making her more of a "conservatarian." Preserving the constitutional and moral values of that this great nation was founded on for her children is her priority. She is a stay at home mom of two boys who are now in elementary school. As a mom who has always been interested in politics, religion and all of the taboo subjects, she has always had a lot to say about the state of the nation. When she realized the Common Core Standards were not only bad news for children but a government coup over education, she decided to fight back and is now considered one of the nation's leading experts on all-things-Common Core. When she's not having uncomfortable arguments with strangers on Facebook she can be found spending time with her husband of 15 years and two sons. Find Macey France on Facebook and Twitter: @MaceyFrancePC

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