The Standard Core of…What Now?

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.

2+2=What? Parents Rail Against Common Core Math | NBC4 Washington

Click the link above to get the whole story.

By the way, New Jersey’s Core Curriculum Content Standards were adopted on June 23, 2010.

Here is what I have to say about this:

1) I feel bad for the teachers who had to learn this so that they could teach it to their students. The Core people are claiming that the schools who are implementing this confusing curricula are “botched implementation, (or) insufficient training”. We all know that this comes down to it being the teacher’s fault, or the school’s fault. For this point, my sympathy is with the teachers and the school staff. They are the ones who are fielding the calls from the frustrated parents, and trying to liaison with the rest of the school district about it, if at all.

*Of course, I am also with the parents. I remember the frustration of my mother helping me with my homework when I was a child. Some day, when I am a parent myself, I will become frustrated with this when I have to help my child with this kind of math work too.

2) “O’Connor has set up a website in an effort to reduce parents’ frustration over homework. Other school districts have held workshops for parents to learn alongside their children.”

Sorry, Mr. O’Connor, I could be wrong about this, but the likelihood of a parent, who is tired at the end of the day after a long day of work, errands, attending to the kids, cooking cleaning, helping with homework or arguing with the kids about said homework, may not have the drive to learn a new math course online, or attend one at their kids’ school.

Parents want their “Me” time, just like kids do. I was a religious school teacher who gave homework. Not everyone enjoys extra work. But like I said, I could be wrong. Some parents may have the time to attend a class so that they could help their kids with this crazy looking math homework.


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