While I agree with University of Miami President Donna Shalala’s thoughts on the importance of eliminating the glass ceiling for women, I don’t believe the Common Core Standards — or Florida’s version, the Language Arts Florida Standards/Mathematics Florida Standards — will accomplish that.
There is little in the way of content instruction or critical thinking taking place in Miami-Dade County’s public and charter schools. Instead, students are now trained to refer only to the text they read for answers to simplistic questions and support for opinions they proffer concerning the “author’s viewpoint.” Mathematics entails students solving problems using meaningless methodology and showing their work in a manner that makes little sense to true mathematicians, though it does to the textbook and assessment companies.
Common Core Standards will not solve the glass-ceiling problem — or any educational deficit, for that matter.
Laurie Gach, Miami
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