Saturday, December 21, 2013

What's Wrong with Common Core

Here are several links to examples of Common Core Curriculum

These two links address literature.

Common Core Sexualizes American School Children, Crisis Magazine, Mary Jo Anderson, Dec. 17, 2013

Catholic Common Core Removes Books Celebrating Same-Sex Parents from First-Grade Unit Plan
The Cardinal Newman Society, Dec. 18, 2013

I think it would be helpful in the discussion of Common Core to go and view some of the youtube videos of teachers using Common Core or talking to those who have had it imposed on them.

The links below address Common Core Math

Common Core Standards Math Lesson Example
Common Core Math Lesson 4th/5th Grade

In this video
the student had to answer the problem using pictures to solve the problem. In other words, she drew cubes for 1,000s, squares for 100s, sticks for tens, etc. She had to use these symbols for each number and then solve the equation. There were two addends: (Two numbers to add that were in the 1,000s). The student then did "stacking math" -- what we have learned to do when adding two numbers in the past--"stacking" the numbers on top of each other. The students are discouraged from doing "stacking" math. When the student added the 2 numbers using the pictures, it took her over 8 minutes and she had the wrong answer. When the student did the math in the traditional way (stacking math), she had the answer in less than 2 minutes and the answer was correct.

I would strongly encourage you to talk to those who are using it or view the videos, because Common Core math is not what they claim it to be.

Another example, people are "praising" it because it asks the "why." Children in First grade are not at a developmental stage to answer why.

In another classroom situation (the video example from above--
 the children are asked to make up their own problems for an answer. It is absolutely ridiculous. The children have no idea what they are doing. It is like watching the blind leading the blind. If you don't know something, how can you teach something?

In Common Core math, the teachers are instructed that wrong answers are okay.
The teacher in the 4th/5th grade video also says a wrong answer is okay. Parents have reported that an answer is wrong when the student writes the numbers for the answer instead of drawing the picture.

This is a real Common Core math problem. You will need to scroll down to Tito and  Luis are stuffed with pizza. 

Here is another real Common Core math problem. The background information is here.
The actual test is here.

Here is information on one Common Core math text.
Interactive Mathematics Program –key curriculum press
USOE Math book comparison

In this link, a mom expresses her frustration at the "correct" answer actually being wrong.
Here is another Common Core math question that makes no sense.

God Bless,

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Are They All Yours!

To all those insensitive remarks people ask about your children, here are the clever remarks.