If Common Core Math Is the Problem

Sep 26, 2014 by

By Bill Sardi –

Common Core…… It’s the way they are un-teaching American kids math these days.  There is a major push-back against this new way of teaching addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Some critics have gone so far as to call Common Core Mathematics “Satan’s handiwork.” [The Daily Mail UK May 15, 2014]

Laugh-man Stephen Colbert has made fun of Common Core Math. [TheColbertReport.com] Even progressives have vilified Common Core math on the pages of The Huffington Post and Slate.com. [Huffington Post March 28, 2013; Slate.com July 10, 2014]

I won’t belabor you with all of the pitfalls and confusion surrounding this new way of learning math that even has parents stumped. [The New York Times June 30, 2014] Yes, even math teachers are left puzzled over Common Core. [YouTube.com]

But if you are one of those people who like a challenge you can try your math skills against The Ten Dumbest Common Core Problems. [Common Core Problems]

Here is a Common Core math question Stephen Colbert attempted to answer.  See if you can answer it.

Mike saw 17 blue cars and 25 green cars at the toy store.  How many cars did he see?  Write a number sentence with a ¨ for the missing number. Explain how the number sentence shows the problem.

Another top-down answer that doesn’t work

The New York Times article says: “parents are adding to an increasingly fierce political debate about whether Common Core is another way in which Washington is taking over people’s lives.”

But it has been championed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics.  And hey, what do we know about math anyway?  Few of us aced our math classes, at least by the time it came to geometry and trigonometry.

Common Core’s origins

Before I get to an answer to this problem, where did this Rube Goldberg math come from?  The answer is that States were coerced into adopting it to gain educational grant money.  It was spawned by Gates-funded consultants for the National Governors Association and written largely by academics, many with ties to testing companies.  You can read about its origins at the Rethinking Schools website. [RethinkingSchools.org]

The solution

Enough about Common Core.  To most kids, it’s a common bore.

Let’s get to a solution to the problem of how to teach our kids basic math.

The conventional approach is to teach kids to memorize all 155 addition and subtraction combinations.  These are called math facts.  By third grade students are expected to memorize 467 facts – 100 addition facts, 55 subtraction facts, 156 multiplication facts and 156 division facts.

via If Common Core Math Is the Problem – LewRockwell.com.

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