If you have kids in school, you’re probably aware of the Common Core math approach to learning. It’s a controversial learning standard that promises to make our kids smarter; however, some parents and even teachers are not supporting the new standards.
Many argue that the Common Core Math State Standards are very convoluted. One frustrated parent with an advanced engineering degree didn’t understand his son’s elementary homework assignment. The issue lies with the number line method he had to use to solve the problem. Using conventional math methods most of us have learned in school, he solved the problem in less than 5 seconds without using any math hacks.
“Dear Jack,” the frustrated parent wrote. “Don’t feel bad. I have a bachelor of science degree in electronics engineering which included extensive study in differential equations and other higher math applications. Even I cannot explain the Common Core math approach, nor get the answer correct. In the real world, simplification is valued over complication.”
Can you solve this Common Core math problem?
There is an ongoing debate about Common Core; however, many people and educators agree with the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” approach to learning. This parent wanted to get his point across and certainly provided a solid argument on the merits of Common Core.
Please share how this frustrated parent solved his son’s math homework without common core math methods with your friends and family.