Why Allapattah Middle School Is Teaching Debate To Conquer Common CoreFlorida is one of dozens of states which have adopted math and language arts standards based on Common Core. The standards outline what students should know in every grade.Experts say speech and debate is a natural way to support the standards. Robert Rothman is a fellow at the Alliance for Excellent Education, which supports the Common Core. “They’ve been included in some state standards before now but haven’t really gotten much attention," he says. Common Core is supposed get students ready for college or to help them get a job after high school. Rothman says employers want workers with better communications skills.