Common Core Math in School: According to a Student
A screen shot from edmodo.com where this student learns math
The following post is taken with permission from a Facebook posting by a mom from her daughter:
This is from Natalie Sue talking about CC–may God help us defend these students:
Hey y’all. Thought I would update you on what is going on at my school, and what I am experiencing with Common Core.
The other day in Algebra I was asking how to solve this one problem. So of course I asked my teacher how to do it and so she showed me her way, which happened to be way to confusing. So that night I went home and asked my dad how to solve this problem. He showed me, and it happened to be super easy. The next day at school, I went to teach my friend how to do this problem and as I was teaching him, my teacher came over and told me that was the wrong way, and we knew better than that. I couldn’t believe that she told me it was wrong, so I told her “Well my answer is right, it is the same as the book.” Apparently that answer did not sit well with her, because she stopped the whole class and told us,
Listen guys, the accuracy of the answer is not as important as the steps you do to solve that problem.
I was completely shocked… But, that’s not the end of it… She proceeded to tell us that, when we do our homework problems we will not be graded on accuracy, we will be graded on participation.” I said, “what???” She then told me, “I could comment the word “boo” and I will still get credit, because at least I tried!” FYI, our homework is all done through the internet on a website called, “edmodo.com” and all of our testing is done on a website called, “Studyisland.com.” My teachers tell me this is all because of Common Core, when I hear this stuff, I know it is Common Core. I especially know this is Common Core, when my tests on studyisland.com say, “Common Core.” It is ALL around us.
Here is the question I got in math the other day, and it was on the internet so this is copied and pasted:
Write a paragraph describing how to solve the following equation:
2/3 x + 14 = 4/5 x – 2
TURN IN paragraph in response section
You MUST use words, although you may solve the problem, showing all your steps, so that you can reference the steps throughout your description paragraph.
My response was:
I don’t mean to be rude, but this whole EXPLAIN your answer in a paragraph makes me mad. I don’t understand why we have to explain in a paragraph, I feel like showing our work is better. That is how we learn. This explain in a paragraph reminds me of Common Core, which by the way is against our 10th amendment right. I am mad that I am not improving my “process” to get the answer, instead we are writing paragraphs. I am not mad at you, just mad at the curriculum.
When I hear this from my teacher it makes me want to SCREAM! It is not okay that the kid who doesn’t try is going to be able to pass, because he “at least tried.” That’s not the way life goes! We mess up, but then we learn not to do the same mistake. That goes for every day life in general, and it goes for school. I am tired of being told how to think, I am tired of it. We ALL a voice, and it is our job to USE it!
Keep up the AMAZING work. I thank every single one of you adults for standing up for the truth.