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WaPo Cites D.C. Graduation Rate at 76%, But There is a Problem.

In an article at The Washington Post, the District of Columbia graduation rate was reported at 79%. However, there is a big ‘but’ that comes along with that number as 1% met math standards and 4% met reading standards. Continue reading

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Teacher Turnover For the Math Challenged

Folks seem to be doing a lot of Common Core math on Twitter lately. Even when one corrects that math, the fact remains that teachers leaving the state are a fraction of the turnover report and an even smaller fraction of … Continue reading

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Common Core Aligned: Tabtor

Common Core Aligned…
“…to create just these kinds of tests—next-generation assessments aligned to the common core. When the tests are aligned to the common standards, the curriculum will line up as well—and that will unleash powerful market forces in the service of better teaching.” – Bill Gates, 2009 Speech To Natl. Conference of State Legislatures

The goal is to align everything so that students and the money have nowhere to go but Common Core.

Last time, we we looked at Khan Academy. Today we look at Tabtor. You’ve likely seen ads for them on Facebook.

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For Occupy Monday, Math Is Hard

Math is not really an interpretive study. However, Reverend Barber, the defacto leader of the NC Democrats seems to think it is. Barber is welcome to his own opinion on taxes and the budget, but not his own facts.

Barber’s theme of a recent News and Observer Op-Ed was ‘eat the rich’ and to attack the new tax code, which has been hailed as a 4th best in the country and and it ‘blows away other states’ and brings NC from 44th to 17th in the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index. Barber thinks his math is better though:

But the General Assembly created this year’s so-called budget crisis by passing hefty tax breaks for the wealthiest and the corporations last year. If our lawmakers found the courage to repeal the unfair tax policies, we would gain up to $1.2 billion in additional revenue.”

That “hefty tax break for the wealthiest” is the same “hefty tax break” for every North Carolinian – we’ve gone to a 5.8% flat rate. The corporations rate was originally 6.9%, it’s now 6%. OH THE HUMANITY! We might actually attract businesses and jobs!!! Barber doesn’t even mention our sales tax of 4.75%, which is lower than the national average of 5.95% or our property tax average with ranks 12th lowest nationally. They, and the fact most voters approve of the changes, don’t fit the narrative of eat the rich though. So pfffft!
Quick Reminder, Barber said his budget was ‘revenue neutral’ before he said it would bring in $1.2 billion: Continue reading

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Laugh or Cry? Years of Math 1950-2014

A little humor.. or maybe a cry slid into my inbox. I adapted it for 2014. Enjoy.

Years of Math 1950 – 2014

Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King for $1.58. The counter girl
took my $ 2 and I was digging for my change when I pulled 8 cents from my
pocket and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies,
while looking at the screen on her register. I sensed her discomfort and
tried to tell her to just give me two quarters, but she hailed the manager
for help. While he tried to explain the transaction to her, she stood there
and cried.
Why do I tell you this?

Because of the evolution in teaching math since the 1950s:
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WRAL Finally Publishes Piece On ‘Botched’ Common Core

WRAL finally has an article that talks about parent frustrations with Common Core.

An Iowa woman jokingly calls it “Satan’s handiwork.” A California mom says she’s broken down in tears. A Pennsylvania parent says it “makes my blood boil.”
What could be so horrible? Grade-school math.

As schools around the U.S. implement national Common Core learning standards, parents trying to help their kids with math homework say that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing has become as complicated as calculus.

They’re stumped by unfamiliar terms like “rectangular array” and “area model.” They wrestle with division that requires the use of squares, slashes and dots. They rage over impenetrable word problems.

Stacey Jacobson-Francis, 41, of Berkeley, California, said her daughter’s homework requires her to know four different ways to add.

“That is way too much to ask of a first grader,” she said. “She can’t remember them all, and I don’t know them all, so we just do the best that we can.” – WRAL 5/15/14
I noticed this article is in the “Lifestyles” section, not the education section. It’s also written by an AP reporter, not WRAL staff. One or two more snippets to drive it home that Common Core is fundamentally flawed and overly convoluted:

“If we are sitting there for 20 minutes trying to do a simple problem, how is an 8, 9, 10-year-old supposed to figure it out?” she said. “It’s incredibly frustrating for the student and the parent.” – WRAL 5/15/14 Continue reading

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