The majority of parents that spend any amount of time helping their children with homework since 2010 have probably realized that things aren’t quite the way they use to be. There seems to be an overwhelming amount of parents and teachers that are unhappy with the Common Core Standard and are banding together to have this infant teaching method abolished from all schools nationwide. As a parent of two elementary children I will definitely have to agree with them with that goal.
My daughter is in 3rd grade my son is in 4th and both of them have been taught under the Common Core Standard since 2010 here in the state of Florida. The issues I have a conflict with are the actual formulas of breaking down problem solving to find answers to equations of problems. It makes no since to me or many like me whatsoever and I like to think I’m a pretty smart guy. Even notable professors with expertise in certain subjects state that they too can’t figure out how these questions are supposed to be answered. A matter of fact, teachers themselves, are having a hard time trying to figure out how to teach, not to mention why they’re having to teach the common core standard.
It all boils down to tests, and the old standardized test had developed a bad reputation and an out cry for a change in the way United States school age children are tested began. Common Core Standard was developed from this out cry and then in a way became adopted by states primarily due to Obama’s administration bribe of funding by way of “Race to the Top” grants furnished to those who participate in and adopt the new standards and the testing that comes with it. Only five states Texas, Virginia, Alaska, Indiana, and Nebraska have opted to not participate in the common core standard but have begun developing their own new standards. Minnesota was on that list until they picked up the English version of common core.
The Common Core Standard has never been proven to work or has never been field tested, however the first state to participate was Kentucky and the states testing statistic comparison from before to after three years shows improvement. It seems still too early to tell whether or not the new standards will work and help our youth succeed in the future or, as it is meant to do, help the youth transition from school to a career with the ability to provide quality problem solving and situational understanding.
None of this however excuses the fact that the literal work that has to be done by students comes across as down right DUMB. Simple problems that should take two seconds to answer take five minutes to solve because an explanation of how 2 + 2 = 4 is needed to prove that you know how to do it. Forget great skills of memorization, no it doesn’t matter that you just know the answer… how do you know the answer is what the answer is.. Not the actual answer. Make Sense??