For those of you who have no personal experience with the garbage methodology of math being taught to our children by the Common Core curriculum, you may have thought I was exaggerating with my previous rant about kids being taught to draw circles and dots to count things the long way rather than doing math in the most efficient way possible (like you and I were taught). If you haven’t seen this for yourself, this video from The Daily Signal is a must-watch:
This is what Common Core proponents say will make our kids “college ready.” What do you think? More from The Daily Signal (emphasis mine):
After the standards were developed in 2009, five members of the 30-person Common Core validation committee refused to sign on to the standards. Two are content matter experts: James Milgram, professor emeritus of mathematics at Stanford University, and Sandra Stotsky, professor of education reform emerita at the University of Arkansas and co-author of Massachusetts’ highly regarded ELA standards.
As seen in the video—and articulated by Milgram—Common Core math standards do not use standard algorithms and sequencing.
According to a study conducted by the Pioneer Institute, by seventh grade, the Common Core mathematics standards leave American students two grade levels behind their peers internationally and do not prepare them for admission into highly selective four-year universities and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs. …
The English standards create their own set of concerns. Stotsky argues Common Core’s “diminished emphasis on literature in the secondary grades makes it unlikely that American students will study a meaningful range of culturally and historically significant literary works before graduation. It also prevents students from acquiring a rich understanding and use of the English language. Perhaps of greatest concern, it may lead to a decreased capacity for analytical thinking.”
There’s a reason that states are now pushing back this failure of a curriculum, and the pushback needs to be accelerated. Spread the word, spread the information, spread the video. This has got to stop fast, or we will be guaranteeing future generations of Americans — our own children and grandchildren — a permanent failure of education, a permanent failure of job prospects in a global economy, and a permanent failure of the standard of living we want them to have.
There’s my two cents.