Parents across the country have had it with the multiple and often convoluted Common Core Math strategies being forced onto their kids. Proponents claim this is supposed to help them understand math at a ‘deeper’ level.
Are some strategies going to work for one kid but not another? Sure.
Is introducing different ways to work out a problem bad? No.
Is forcing kids to learn all the strategies and apply each of them in order to get credit instead of letting them pick the one that works best for them appropriate? Hell no and it’s confusing the kids and parents alike.
And proponents out there, YES – that is exactly what is happening. Do not try to tell me ‘it’s just a set of standards’ and no one is told how or what to teach because we both know that’s a load of crap.
I get Common Core is trying to marry the ELA writing standards with the math, but stop. Please. This is ridiculous. Proponents are kidding themselves – these kids are not abstract thinkers at this age.
What throwing all of these different strategies at the kids actually does is create confusion for all involved.
Newsflash to Common Core Proponents: There is nothing wrong with kids learning basic, foundational methods like 2+2=4 and LEAVING IT AT THAT. Having to draw a picture and then explain their thinking in detail for each and every problem is taking up valuable instruction time that could be spent getting to other concepts.
To be blunt, this is the same ‘new math’ they tried to push on us a few times over the last few decades. It was dumb then and it’s dumb now. For the record, I’ve never had a single employer ask me to explain my spreadsheet in a column of sticks or my thinking about how I arrived at any given equation.
In about 45 seconds, this 8-year-old says about the same thing. The ‘old’ method was fastest and easiest.