Common Core

Convoluted Common Core Math Leaves Parents Baffled

So ignore it and teach your kids the right way.

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Most U.S. public school students are learning math very differently than their parents did, due to Common Core State Standards, national K-12 math and reading benchmarks that have been adopted by 43 states and the District of Columbia.

The changes have confused many parents — particularly at the elementary level — leaving them flustered by a basic parental duty: Helping with homework.

"Almost every parent comes in and says, 'This is not how I learned math,'?" said Melissa Palermo, an energetic fourth-grade teacher who coaches other teachers in math at the Nathaniel Hawthorne school here.

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  1. “The government takes everything away from you. The government gives you only what government thinks you should be allowed to have. How many freedom units do you have left?”

  2. Noop1 poster from the link says the below, and I agree…
    I have no problem with the concept of common core. The expectations that it will enable a significant number of students to increase their math skills is a fantasy, just like no “no child left behind” or “race to the top”. The top 5% (those that can become engineers,physical scientists, mathematicians) will do fine no matter how it is taught. The 50% below IQ 100 will never advance beyond basic arithmetic as is the case now. The other 45% are a tossup. Some (maybe the majority) will not be able to accomplish the work in the time given to teach it. Some of the others will gain an understanding of WHY as well as HOW math works. It is always much harder to learn the WHY of something than the HOW. As far as the ignorant fantasy that a significant part this population can be “mathed and STEMed ” into them thar high paying jobs which is what is driving all this, forget it. The percentage of the population that can do the : problem-data-analysis-solution is just not that large.

    1. The old-timers way-long ago had it right when they simply said, “Ya can’t turn a pig’s ear into a silk purse”. The same is STILL true, even for people with 22,978 PHds in Edu-crock-ology…

    2. Beyond that, companies will still hire foreign STEM workers over Americans, because they work so much cheaper.

      Probably a 1/3 of all US STEM graduates can’t get jobs in their fields.

      1. American students aren’t the best and the brightest, so obviously don’t deserve those jobs…but, thanks to their parents and the Student Loan Program for subsidizing so many H1B visa-seekers.

  3. The method they show in the Khan Academy video is straightforward–teachers are trying to represent the concept of multiplication in visual terms rather than just forcing kids to do rote memorization of numbers. It’s not a bad idea for kids who otherwise have trouble with the concept.

    The problem with common core isn’t what’s being taught, which very well may be a better method. The problem is that it’s a top-down technocratic solution that cannot be administered effectively because teachers, administrators, and kids aren’t robots. We saw the same thing when schools went to block scheduling. Maybe longer classes provide a more effective way of learning if you could implement the policy well, but you can’t implement policy well from the top down.

    Anyone who runs a business can understand why bigger is not better due to administrative waste and difficult of communication between multiple levels of administration. Yet the technocrats want to take one of the biggest and most inefficient businesses in the world and make it even bigger and more intrusive rather than breaking it down into more efficient constituents.

  4. Whole thing reminds me of the Atkins Diet. Remember that? Oh well, me neither.

  5. If you invent a new medicine, the FDA will make you do triple somersaults while you jump through your ass, for 23.7 years and $15.3 billion, to PROVE that your medicine is safe and effective. If you are an educrat, you can invent any hare-brained scheme that “sounds nice”, and, if you know the right people and suck Obozo’s 36 dirty dicks, you can be “in like flint” and try your experiment on ALL of the USA’s school-kids first thing tomorrow!

  6. There are really many changes ahead and it is time parents stop complaining and begin co-operating with teachers to understand how this stuff works. It is a challenge, but it is not like it is a problem of a single school. Maybe it will be a smart idea to invite parents for some kind of a tutorial where teachers will be able to explain how they should be helping with homework. If it is about essay writing standards, then you can always buy essay online. The rest should be explained at school.

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