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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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Yesterday, I pointed out the remarkable attempt at spin and shuttuppery by WRAL on the Common Core public comment that went on at the NC General Assembly: What @WRAL Doesn’t Tell You: Two Thirds Spoke In Opposition to Common Core
WRAL picked the one speaker who showed up with an over-sized Bible to use as their graphic to represent those speaking in opposition to Common Core. This is your local media, people. Go leave them a comment.
Today, they’ve doubled down. Here’s a screenshot of that same story now: Continue reading