Sunday, November 29, 2015

You’re wrong about Common Core math: Sorry, parents, but it makes more sense than you think - Salon.com

You’re wrong about Common Core math: Sorry, parents, but it makes more sense than you think - Salon.com:

You’re wrong about Common Core math: Sorry, parents, but it makes more sense than you think

When Common Core problems go viral, the steps seem complicated, unnecessary. But it actually teaches a real skill

By now everyone has seen the outrage-inducing image of a third grader’s paper in which he is marked down for stating that 5 x 3 = 5 + 5 + 5 = 15. In case you missed it, here are videos and stories from several groups ripping Common Core for it:Business InsiderIFLScienceHuffington Post and mom.me — and I’m sure you can find many more as the photo of this kid’s paper has gone viral.
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You might also remember the photo of a check that went viral not that long ago — a man filled out a check to his son’s school by attempting to write the check amount in ten frames. There have been countless other similar photos with accompanying derision that have gone viral via social media and email (more on these examples in a moment).
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In the national discussion on America’s perceived educational woes, the Common Core Standards have become a bit of a unifying punching bag, especially with respect to elementary school math. Everyone seems to love a photo of a test question, homework problem or corrected work that vilifies the Common Core. You know the type — the question asks the students to show a seemingly straightforward elementary math topic, but it requires the answer to be given in what seems to be an overly complicated way. We look at it and say, “Why can’t they just do it the normal way?!?” We are alarmed at the representation of something that we see as so basic and elementary in a new and unfamiliar arrangement, and we are outraged when we see a student’s work marked down when it appears to be correct.
The vast majority of the comments and coverage of these viral images and stories has been highly critical of the Common Core. Here’s the thing though — all of these You’re wrong about Common Core math: Sorry, parents, but it makes more sense than you think - Salon.com:





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