Common Core standards are being adopted in most states, but what does that mean? And what is this new math everyone is talking about?
Let’s start with Common Core. Basically the idea is to get all the students in the United States on the same page with their learning. So instead of reading being taught in kindergarten in one state and in first grade in another, all states will, in theory, teach the same things at the same time. This makes standardized testing easier and more relevant, as well as a better measure of who is accomplishing their teaching goals.
So now let’s talk about new math. Math used to be based on rote memorization, but when you get into higher levels of math those skills don’t translate well into problem solving. So new math teaches kids to conceptualize numbers differently, which can help them to be better problem solvers on down the line when they encounter calculus.
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Without a firm foundation, i.e., 2X2=4, 2+2=4, etc. students will have difficulty doing the type of analytic calculations that are depicted.
common core should only be used as a guide for what students SHOULD know, however, a good teacher will go above and beyond the curriculum, this way students will not get bored. Boredom only lead to trouble in many ways. The only way to measure a good teacher from the bad is how well can she advance her students in math and science and be efficient with less homework.
I believe that statistics prove a much better sense of accomplishment and success in the days of early America. Discipline, memorization, following rules (with no exceptions!!), testing, age-appropriate starting school, long summer breaks for family time and summer jobs, etc. are the building blocks that made American Education great. All the changes (no more cursive writing, spelling, memorization, discipline…) are simply watering down the atmosphere – making it harder to learn. Kids can only absorb certain concepts at certain ages. They are not really ready for the details and explanations behind everything at grade school age. I am sad at what I see in America’s youth, and have raised mine in Private and Home School.
I agree, when I was in school it was starting to get watered down more each year. And it was getting annoying to my parents when I started to come home with less homework each year. Bullying was also something that was handled better when I was younger, as I left High School, Teachers could do little about it, what happened?
Vivien – Exactly. Chinese graduate-level math students aren’t so successful because they learned math in the Common Core designed methods. They weren’t made confused by conceptual approaches that are NOT age appropriate. They’re successful because of hard work and discipline.
Only AFTER basics are mastered and children’s minds matured can these new methods successfully apply.
BTW, the conceptual approach to math that Common Core forcibly promotes are EXACTLY the way I reason quantitatively. Self-learned. Developed after I had mastered the very limited number of memorizations that arithmetic requires.
Vivian walker, you write with much sense and wisdom, definitely more than the ‘authors’ of this boondoggle of an experiment!!! my granddaughter was ‘exposed’ to this ‘voluntary-NOT gov’t. mandated curriculum, and I can assure you, it has created many more problems than it has solved!!!the elimination of the ‘basics’ which you list are more than ‘out-dated’ learning tools no longer needed— they ARE the building blocks of education, which have thus far produced most of our successful citizens!!! when children first learn anything, don’t we repeat and memorize simple syllables(ma-ma, da-da, ba-ba for bottle) not ‘mama, mom, mother, female producer of offspring, etc. afterall, don’t they all describe our first experiences with ‘mom’?? what happens when these ‘new, progressive’ subjects, new math, etc. do not prove to be successful??? what happens if technology goes the way of these ‘old fashioned’ techniques???? and basic writing and spelling and composing a sensible well-organized letter or article, whatever,composed by the person who is writing it, should NOT have to dpend on machines or technology, regardless of how much some may want to ‘dumb-down’ our education system!!!do they care about the confusion and detriment to students who will be ill prepared by these new formulas! if all ‘academia’ has to do with its time, is to ‘force our most precious natural future resources’ with this indoctrination of confusion, then I pray they leave ‘the rest of us ‘perfectly content’ with the ‘oldie BUT goodie’ education that served us well before ‘they’ decided to improve upon it!!! as I say, “if it ain’t broke, DON’T fix it!! the ‘voluntary’ participation and implementation(and indoctrination,I say) of this curriculum guide ‘also’ enables the participating states to ‘qualify for federal grant monies’!!! is this even legal, with a ‘voluntary’ program???this doesn’t seem too voluntary to me!!! haven’t we been royally fooled enough by this rotten ‘bill of nogood’ debacle of a healthcare system, not to have seen CAUTION, when anything form this administration is presented!!! I wonder how much MORE taxpayer monies will be wasted on this program??? we need to ‘get with the program… and GET OUT OF THE PROGRAM!!! did the ‘powers that be’ inform the public that this program is ‘so popular’, that some states HAVE ALREADY OPTED OUT before full implementation!!! as in ALL things, MODERATION is strongly advised!!!
My son is in common core math. Already having difficulty with math (On an IEP) this is not just confusing to myself, he is totally lost most of the time. Common Core defies common sense.
Common core basically says your dumb parents who don’t teach your kids anything. Want more kids to go to college? Make FREE! The teachers in the classrooms are still paying on loans. When I started in college full time students were tax exempt. I don’t care how smart the kid is, they aren’t going to go to college if the debt will kill them.
I totally agree with you! The average family can not afford to pay for their child to go to college so they have to get Student Loans which ends up putting them so far in debt they have trouble getting out. Our government needs to address that issue and stop making kids just starting to learn the basics try to understand advanced math formulas.
The common core is not going to improve education in the US. I am a teacher and all the common core has done is simply add more testing to the students year. I have always taught my students in math that it doesn’t matter how you get to 2 + 2 = 4, as long as you know that is the answer. Theses standards should be a guide for educators, not a mandated method of teaching. As an educator I believe that we need our children to want to learn and investigate, but we also need to instill in them a confidence in what they know and who they are. The common core needs to be slowed down, and the people pushing it need to be stopped. Let teachers teach and let students learn.
ONE FOR ONE DOES NOT MEAN IT FITS ALL OF THE STUDENTS. COMMON CORE IS A GRAND MISTAKE, TREAT THEM AS INDIVIDUALS, NOT AS A Pavlov DOG TRAINING EXPERIMENT.
National Education, hmmm. This sounds good in theory, but is it practical? Education, sadly, has become a million dollar industry due to curriculum. Each time a school district adapts a new curriculum, every time a test is modified, ever time a new/old concept comes around, every time a district gets a new superintendent or board the list goes on. I can’t even imagine what this will look like at the national level. All states have and still teach the basics, reading, writing, and math. However, each state has its own unique demographics thus the reason for independent decisions for education. What Wyoming may need from its students is different than Massachusetts? I have friends in Arizona whose kids get a week off for the “Rodeo.” This would not happen in CT because the rodeo doesn’t play a big role in our state. I see Common Core turning into a huge money pit with our kid’s education being sacrificed.
My Aunt is a recently retired 2 time teacher of the year in her state. She says that common core is the worst thing to happen to the our education system in all of American history. Coming from a 2 time teacher of the year, that speaks volumes to me and should to our government who “volunteers” us as well.