Comments on: The shift to Common Core and what’s troubling about it
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KatieMon, 12 May 2014 22:42:44 +0000http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=62108#comment-2876140Clearly you were not poorly educated and can articulately express extremely salient points! I agree with everything you say and you said it better than I could. I would add that Ms Sutton does not explain what will happen to all of those 8th graders (of which my own daughter is one) that will be repeating this year's math next year if she attends her district high school-where she will end up taking common core 9th grade math. She, like many others, took honors algebra in 8th grade. Next year with common core, she will get the same material, with a sprinkling of geometry and trig mixed in to make it slightly less than a total waste of time. BUT, that 9th grade common core math will be LESS challenging than what she just took. Common core is fine as a concept, but it should NOT replace the current system allowing for honors courses and acceleration. Until both advanced and standard common core classes can be added, the schools should not dump the traditional method in favor of common core. And, for the record, it is perfectly reasonable to assign projects and give word problems in TRADITIONAL MATH courses that teach "real world" applications of math. And it is reasonable to incorporate geometry concepts in the context of algebra, trigonometry concepts in the context of geometry and so forth. Physics, biology, chemistry…they can all be incorporated into math class. So, the traditional curriculum shouldn't preclude integration of subjects.Clearly you were not poorly educated and can articulately express extremely salient points! I agree with everything you say and you said it better than I could. I would add that Ms Sutton does not explain what will happen to all of those 8th graders (of which my own daughter is one) that will be repeating this year’s math next year if she attends her district high school-where she will end up taking common core 9th grade math. She, like many others, took honors algebra in 8th grade. Next year with common core, she will get the same material, with a sprinkling of geometry and trig mixed in to make it slightly less than a total waste of time. BUT, that 9th grade common core math will be LESS challenging than what she just took. Common core is fine as a concept, but it should NOT replace the current system allowing for honors courses and acceleration. Until both advanced and standard common core classes can be added, the schools should not dump the traditional method in favor of common core. And, for the record, it is perfectly reasonable to assign projects and give word problems in TRADITIONAL MATH courses that teach “real world” applications of math. And it is reasonable to incorporate geometry concepts in the context of algebra, trigonometry concepts in the context of geometry and so forth. Physics, biology, chemistry…they can all be incorporated into math class. So, the traditional curriculum shouldn’t preclude integration of subjects.
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