Would Alabama’s K-5 math standards meet Florida’s? No, not by a long shot! A whopping 71% of proposed K-5 math books in Florida were rejected because of “references to Critical Race Theory, inclusions of Common Core, and the unsolicited addition of Social Emotional Learning (SEL).” Last week Florida Commissioner of Education, Richard Corcoran, said, “We’re going to ensure that Florida has the highest quality instructional materials aligned to our nationally-recognized standards. Florida has become a national leader in education under the vision and leadership of Governor DeSantis. When it comes to education, other states continue to follow Florida’s lead as we continue to reinforce parents’ rights by focusing on providing their children with a world-class education without the fear of indoctrination or exposure to dangerous and divisive concepts in the classrooms.”
Alabama, on the other hand, just passed into law two bills which include all that Florida rejects. Social Emotional Learning was codified under Alabama law, thanks to the A+ Partnership in Education, the Alabama Legislature and Governor Kay Ivey. And against the outcry of well-informed parents, and conservative organizations such as Eagle Forum, Alabama welcomed Joe Biden’s mental health school initiative which is steam-rolling wokeness into the schools of America. As shown on the Alabama Department of Education website, Alabama already funds SEL. Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey posted, “At ALSDE…we have allocated resources for the social emotional learning and mental health of Alabama students.” What Florida bravely rejected, Alabama still openly embraces.
Under Superintendent Mackey and Governor Ivey, Alabama math scores have remained at the bottom of the barrel, 50th state in the nation, since they have continued Common Core under its newer name, College and Career Readiness Standards. SEL is part of Common Core; and with the two recently passed laws, Social Emotional Learning is on steroids! A+ Education Partnership, which is quickly becoming known as the de facto State School Board of Education, has the ear of the governor and the majority of the legislators. The powerful A+ Partnership and Best Practices Center pushed and promoted Common Core and they did the same with the new education bills, through their CEO Mark Dixon.
We need a new governor with a clear plan to restore traditional education. But that’s not all we need. Our new governor must have a dream and must inspire us, the people, that Alabama children can be “the head and not the tail, above and not beneath,” as Moses wrote in Deuteronomy 28:13. Don’t we owe the children of Alabama the good education they need to be able to fulfill their dreams?
Concerned Grandmothers of the Wiregrass