Fla. legislature may order overhaul of state's curriculum

Complaining that today's kids may not be learning what they need to know to get a job, the state House unanimously passed Friday an education bill that mandates a top-to-bottom revamping of the education children should get in public schools.

The bill has few specifics on what kids should actually be taught. But it orders the state Department of Education to create a curriculum in line with the bill's intent.

It says the new standards must include grade-specific requirements, including such items as ''a specific list of respected literary works'' that students must read. Social studies standards would require students to learn about civics, economics, ''United States patriotism'' and ''national sovereignty.'' Students would also be required to meet standards for the arts, physical education and foreign languages.

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