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Deconstructing the Core of Common Core Math Curriculum Without Resorting to “Teacher-Shaming”


(Little girl dreams by Alynn Robi )

Raging against the Common Core Curriculum is going viral! We have seen the results of unleashing unfettered intellectual angst against the system of learning as a whole: fail miserably. It doesn’t help the school systems, it doesn’t help the children (they still have to be able to compete in a free market global competitive grading system in order to earn a living) the only person satisfied with the “assignment burn” is: the one whom issued it. Rather than a lengthy well-thought out “question slam” or well-documented viral videos of personal opinions as to the ridiculousness of the overcomplicated methodology: let’s try to get to the root of what the assignment is asking.

(Based on Elise Sole’s article ‘Read Parent’s Response to ‘Ridiculous’ Common Core Math Problem’)

A math problem with a sliding graph system introducing subtraction from 100 increments is an absolute necessity in the upcoming technical industries. Whether your future earner is competing for a bachelor’s degree in; art, banking, cooking, construction, medicine or service: all fields of learning require a basic understanding of the units of measurement.

427 -100 -100 -100 = 127

Decreasing by 100 three times is absolutely correct if you’re trying to introduce “visual graph and scale conversion” charts to grade schoolers. Where “Jack” went wrong was: he didn’t complete the equation to include the remaining integers.

127-16 = 111

No need to internalize the angst by proxy or get angry that the curriculum is incorporating the rogue idea of conversion too soon. There’s no raging in mathematics. “Jack” will have harder issues to face in life than simply misunderstanding an elaborate visual learning tool that is: an absolute necessity. Just take a deep breath, see how to separate the remainder from the chart given and ask your “Jack” to try again.

Here are 4 helpful tips to incorporate mathematics at home for grade schoolers;

  1. Invest in measuring cups. Cooking and units of measurements go hand in hand. Having an extra visual tool with the added treat of seeing a gradual progression in real time with a tasty reward has a better chance of letting the magic of learning happen naturally.
  2. Institute a reward system for fixing their mistakes with: no tantrums. Depending upon your budget and imagination the reward system can be a frugal and painless way to keep your child motivated. Stickers, extra “you choose” fun activities time, skipping a chore or two are all affordable healthy ways to reward the determination it takes to conquer mathematics.

3. Invest in number magnets or an erasable board. Being able to see the numbers on the fridge or affixed to a wall engages your child and brings learning home from the classroom as it incorporates you! It can be a new game that continues as long as there’s a need with a little creativity like; leaving a new equation at eye level once a day or week. There’s no fuss, the game is affordable and keeps you informed of your child’s progress.

4. Surf the Web for: Common Core Curriculum Help. Everyone messes up in life: everyone. Failure is a universal equalizer but it doesn’t have to be personal if you analyze the content rationally and seek professional help from people who have devoted their lives to education.

For more websites that offer help with Common Core Curriculum and Grade school mathematics: visit these links;

1. Mathatube.com Math A-tube is an interactive site designed to help parents and their children with math and common core math standards.

2.Common Core/ For Parent’s Website–includes Common Core’s mission statement, break downs of assignments and Eureka learning tools to help with any issues.

3.Cool Math For Kids.com includes fun interactive online games for your child to learn specific mathematical subjects.