Originally Posted by Spyder
Can you elaborate on that? I'm in the middle of reading the Wikipedia page at this time. I have a 2 year old boy and a little girl on the way soon. Anything impacting/changing their future education has my attention.
Yeah, here's the other link in my OP, but not hidden: http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/common-core-parent-facebook-post-indiana-school-181841158.html
Ignore the story about the dad's letter for now, just read the question at the top of the paper. They are teaching kids to do math differently. And at first glance, it looks A LOT different and it seems counter-intuitive because it appears much harder than the "normal" way.
So the kid has to subtract 316 from 427. Nevermind the fact that it's a ridicuously easy example that doesn't even involve carrying using the old way. But basically, it appears as though they have you break it down into segments. Something like: you subtract 100, then 100 again, then 100 again, then 10, then 1, or something goofy like that. Like I said, at first glance, it appears pretty ridiculous. I would lean towards giving them the benefit of the doubt, though, because I find it hard to believe that they'd make changes like this for no good reason.
I also recognize that this way of adding and subtracting is oddly similar to how I do math in my head, as opposed to the old way, so I think it has something to do with that. For example, 7512-1515 (our post counts): I would certainly not picture the numbers stacked in my head, then try to subtract them using rules and carrying. What I would do is say to myself "7512-1515, well 7515 minus 1515 is 6000 and 15-12 is 3, so the answer is 5997."
And I'm leaning towards the assumption that smart people have come up with these new standards for an actual reason. However, I've heard very few positive things about this so I reckon I could be wrong ... this is why I asked.
And I've heard very, very little about the curriculum in the other subjects. It's just the math that stands out.
@newtogolf , yeah I'm not at all a big fan of the 'teaching to the test' methods that have apparently become prevalent these days either. All of the schools pride themselves on their grades, which are just based on what percentage of their kids pass the standardized tests.