Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's primary objective while in the governor's chair in Tallahassee was to revamp Florida's pathetic public school system.
The man who is currently in the governor's chair, Rick Scott, is intent on returning the state's public school system back to the pathetic age.
On September 23, Scott made the grand announcement that Florida will pull out of the federal standardized test, which is know as "Common Core State Standards", in which 45 other states are developing.
The Common Core Standards were developed by the U.S Department of Education to improve the "core" standards in which school children will need when they enter the real world. CCSS is meant to stress critical thinking over memorization and focus on fewer topics, but focus them at a much more deeper level than the current standards.
For years before Bush took office, it was common thinking in the Sunshine State that Florida did not have any standards at all. Education was, for all intents and purposes, a factory that gave it's students just enough knowledge to pumped them into Florida's tourism and service industry machine.
But Bush came in with expectations for the public school system, and soon after, Florida classrooms were not dumping thousands of students into low wage job fields. Florida school children were going on to bigger and better things.
But, here comes Rick Scott, who, along with his Republican colleagues, is making a determined effort to drag education in Florida back to the dark ages.
Conservatives in the state have been at war against core standards even since it has been implemented. Their claim is that core standards are only an intrusion of the federal government into the state's school system.
Core standards are not an intrusion of the feds into the schools. It is an important benchmark that holds our kids to a higher standard that countries like China, Japan and England currently hold their school kids to. The job market of today and tomorrow is moving away from manufacturing and hard labor entry work. It is a more technology minded world, and we need to make sure our kids are prepared for it.
Core standards will get our kids there.
But sadly, Rick Scott and the Republicans in Tallahassee would much rather see our school kids working for Mickey Mouse and waiting on tables instead of them learning the skills that will make them successful in life.
And that is a true tragedy.