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I guess because I can’t let things go, I’m up at midnight looking at parents complaints of common core problems.
I’ve spent the last year or so learning about Common Core, but it was mostly for K-2, and I didn’t need to do as much research on it because I teach science, which uses different standards.
That said, I was just looking over the math problems that people are complaining about and I think I realized part of why people are upset:
They don’t know how to do the problems themselves.
A lot of the problems that I saw people complaining about were really clever and seemed like they would be super helpful as the kids grew up, preparing them for college/career, as it says. With math, it seems tedious and might look scary to parents, who are getting the problems completely out of context from what their kids should be learning in the classroom.
Admittedly, I spent a few minutes trying to figure out some 3rd grade problems, but once I did I could see the value, and could just assume they are supplied with the context if they’re paying attention in class.
I have a lot of sympathy for parents who have kids in like 3-6 grade right now, because they spent formative years learning in a poor system and now have to adjust. For students who are just getting into school, I believe we’ll see great results in the future.
As I’ve been learning about this in school, I’ve always felt bad for the kids I mentioned above. But, we have a system that is failing too many students, and there has to be a point where we make a transition. The students in the transition get kind of screwed, but it literally had to be someone, otherwise we just continue with the bad system indefinitely.
More to the point, I was moved by this video (probably not worth watching, eh, if you need the context, I guess…),
It’s a mom speaking to a board of education, apparently “eviscerating” common core in 4 minutes. She doesn’t. She does appear to make a valid criticism of one problem, but it’s out of context and impossible to see what she’s showing. (She claims the only way to get the problem right is to undergo a 100+ step process. That’s difficult to believe, and who even knows if that’s how the teacher is grading it? If they are being that unreasonable, let them explain why, or take the criticism and make a change). We don’t need to scrap the system.
Common Core seems to be a pretty good program that builds a foundation of knowledge that prepares you for the next level, as opposed to the unstructured mess that many are apparently dying to go back to (in math, at least).
Again, the reason I think parents want to go back is so they can have problems they understand how to do. But it’s not about the parents, as nice as it is to be able to help your kids. It’s about students preparing themselves for college and career. One of the biggest complaints of undergrad professors is the inability of students to write. Common Core emphasizes writing in all subjects. Give it time, people.
Also, why are parents so up-in-arms over this new system, but nowhere to be found as funding for education gets cut year after year. It’s no wonder the first year has been difficult. Maybe with money for development, training, and field testing could help, but we’re busy bombing other countries and giving subsidies to oil companies and wal mart. Thanks for speaking out about Common Core!
Study after study after study shows that spanking children causes anger, aggression, decreased impulse control, anxiety, lower thresholds for frustration etc etc
You didn’t “turn out just fine” because you were smacked, you turned out “just fine” IN SPITE of it.
I also wouldn’t call someone who thinks violence against children is okay “just fine” but.. Y’know.
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