Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Common Core Math- The Problem

For the past year I have written about the dangers and the problems of the new Common Core Curriculum. I am an English teachers so my first hand experience is how the Common Core Curriculum has impacted the way we teach English Language Arts to the America children. 

Now, I would like to introduce to you why the Common Core Math is a problem and should be feared and raise concerns. Math isn't just math......

We left Public School for many reasons. One of the reason was how the state standards have become age inappropriate. You can read my point of view here
Here is another point of view here...  

Now, I challenge you to solve this equation. This should be simple problem to solve. Right? It's a first grade math problem. Did you figure out the answer?

To find the correct answer requires more then one step to add and subtract to get a multiple of 10. If you picked D, then you got the correct answer. However, if you picked D because you figured out that the only choice equaled 14, then your answer is counted wrong. Confused?

Think how a 5-7 year old feels. 

According to Common Core Math Curriculum you must use the correct method, or you fail the problem. Yes, you read that correctly. According to the curriculum instructions:

"You must decompose a number by dividing it, then add part of it to a number to make 10, then add the remainder."
8 + 2 = 10
6 - 2 = 4
10 + 4 = 14

To expect a 5-7 year old, who still lives in the world of "make believe" and that fairies, Disney princesses, dragons, and the boogy man are still real, to comprehend and master this math concept is developmentally inappropriate. Why do schools and teachers who know full well that brain research shows that abstract thinking does not begin until the age of 12!!?? 

I have heard many of my Home School Mom's ask, "Viking Mom how are our kids going to pass. I can't even figure out the math!"

Bottom line, Common Core Curriculum does not have students work on age appropriate mathematics.


  Instead, math has become abstract concepts focused on "how they derived at the answer" not the actual equation. I have yet to hear why the change or a good explanation why the need to create abstract problems for such a young age. 

Ladies and Gentleman... this method is not going to advance our children to compete equally with the rest of the world.

My Two Cents...
Viking Mom----

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