I know that things move a little slower in the South, particularly in our own state and I’m sure that’s all well and good if you’re cutting grass or picking oranges. However, when it come to making decisions in planning future science education for our nearly 2.5million students, you would think that dragging your heels would not be the obvious course of action.
In Brandon’s previous 2 postings he pointed out the missed opportunities which caused Florida to lose any input in the National Science Standards. Not that the National Standards will suffer in Florida’s absence, however, it would have been advantageous for us to have at least some input. The current position it now seems is to “put a band aid” on the current state standards and hopefully the FBOE who meet on May 9th, will decide (with lots of political wrangling) to to adopt the national standards. In the mean time, the wounded state standards will be repaired and nursed for a year or two.
All this time and expense could have been avoided with just a little more urgency from those in Tallahassee. Now Paul Cottle over at “Bridge to Tomorrow” http://bridgetotomorrow.wordpress.com/ has expressed his opinions on this issue, stating that “the best option of all is simply to do nothing – and to wait for the final national standards to be released next year.” I agree with Paul and that should go down well with the decision makers of Florida, after all,taking things slow seems to be the way to do things here in good old Florida-sigh.
This article now linked to the Grade Book at the Tampa Bay Times