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Kaos8 March 26, 2014 at 10:09 pm
I just know I am hearing a lot of crazy explanations of this Common Core and how it is working orRead More not working in the schools that are implementing it. The majority of people I have talked to about this, or posted comments on this subject - really are not happy with this Common Core. I personally do not see how this is going to help kids test better- if half the kids are still going to struggle to figure out how to do math a different way than the rest of the world has been doing it for eons. Not to mention, good luck getting a parent who actually cares about their kid's homework- be able to help in anyway- if we aren't taught this common core ourselves. I know 5x5 =25, and can come to that conclusion rather quickly. I can't figure out why they are teaching a child to do it in a bunch of steps and a longer time frame, and tell me my way is the wrong answer; even if I have the right answer and in 1/10th the time. Just doesn't make sense.
CowDung March 27, 2014 at 09:46 am
There are a lot of misleading articles on the internet. The 108 step division problem (which isRead More really only 4 steps) is part of the Singapore Math curriculum. That curriculum has used by many schools long before Common Core. While one can certainly debate the value of the Singapore Math curriculum and compare it to the Everyday Math curriculum or the traditional math curriculum, it isn't fair to blame Common Core for the implementations of those curricula. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Common Core does not apply to art/music because art and music aren't considered to be required courses for higher education. The idea of CC is to make sure that kids all meet the prerequisites for higher education institutions. Common Core doesn't eliminate art and music courses. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Take a look at the actual Common Core standards. They don't specify any of the specific methodology, formulas or formats that people are complaining about. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: http://www.corestandards.org/Math/
Kaos8 March 27, 2014 at 09:53 am
@CowDung: Thanks for the website. It is the first piece of information I have seen that hasRead More factual information in it, and not just someone's opinion- which unfortunately, ALL articles I have read, only gave other people's "Interpretation " of this Common Core. I think I have come to realize that maybe not many people actually know what it is- even the people with kids in school using it. Thanks Again for the Facts.!
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