For those who may not have heard or know much about the new “Common Core Standards” for education, this Standard Professor has called into question the problems many of the students will have!
STANFORD PROF WORRIED NEW “COMMON CORE” CURRICULUM CONTAINS “EXTREMELY SERIOUS FAILINGS” FOR AMERICA’S STUDENTS
“With the new math standard in the Common Core, there are no longer absolute truths. So 3 times 4 can now equal 11 so long as a student can effectively explain how they reached that answer.” -Glyn Wright
With the implementation of the new Common Core curricula in America’s public schools, the case for private and homeschooling options may be stronger than ever.
When the Stanford professor tapped to provide input on the math portions refuses to sign off on it because its content is so severely lacking, it’s time to take a closer look.
The course of study in question—the Common Core State Standards initiative—was formulated by governors throughout the country, and backed by the Obama administration. Its purpose is to provide a “uniform standard for grades K-12” so all children in America can reach the same minimum level of learning, according to the FOX News report.
However, some warn that the literary classics have practically been dropped from the English section, and the math employs a kind of “anything goes” approach to answers known as “investigative math.”
The only mathematician included on the Common Core Validation Committee, according to the FOX News report, was Stanford Prof. James Milgram.
Prof. Milgram would not sign off on the math standards, citing the input from other sources which seemed to dumb-down the standards so much that there were a “number of extremely serious failings” within the curriculum.
“A number of these sources were mainly focused on things like making the standards as non-challenging as possible,” said Milgram. “Others were focused on making sure their favorite topics were present, and handled in the way they liked.”
The Eagle Forum‘s Glyn Wright explained that “With the new math standard in the Common Core, there are no longer absolute truths. So 3 times 4 can now equal 11 so long as a student can effectively explain how they reached that answer.”
One of those supporting the curriculum, Linda Gojak—with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics—disagreed with the objections, stating that the Common Core math learning process could actually encourage critical thinking.
“The assessment is that it is more about kids making sense of what they are learning instead of memorizing a step-by-step process,” said Gojak.
Ironically—and perhaps it’s just me—the best I ever did in math is when I had a teacher who taught things “old-school,” emphasizing memorization and the rules of computation.
At any rate, parents of students attending schools using the Common Core Curriculum may want to be ready to at least supplement their child’s learning at home.
Read about some of the other aspects of Common Core by clicking Here.