A few weeks ago there was a flurry of Facebook links critical of the Common Core standards being expanded in schools across the country. The primary method of those complaining was to take what seems like common sense to show how ridiculous Common Core is. In one case a dad did a simple subtraction equation instead of using the number line the math test question required. Another questioned the need for “friendly” numbers.
A friend of mine posted one of those, the number line one, and I responded with a tepid contrarian outlook. I saw the value of the number line. I say “tepid,” because I have to admit I don’t know as much about Common Core as I should, so I have to hold out that frustrated dad might have been correct in his complaint.
My 10,000-mile explanation is that Common Core emphasizes the process of getting the answer as much as the answer itself. That sounds like a good idea, but I plan to dig in further in the next several weeks to learn and present more, because unintended consequences usually come from good ideas. I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, I found this story from my old Vancouver, Wash. employer, The Columbian. It’s a short story about students taking a Common Core approach to history.