Common Core math for children is a reincarnation of the failed “New Math” experiment of the late 1960’s. The goal is the same: to baffle parents who understand math.
If parents cannot understand how to teach math this way, then they are tempted to turn all teaching over to classroom teachers in tax-funded schools. The parents give up.
This is the #1 goal of Common Core math: to get parents to give up and butt out. It was the #1 goal of New Math, too.
The New Math experiment failed because the elementary school teachers could not understand it. It separated them from the teaching process. Common Core will have the same effect. Trust me.
As long as your kids are not being taught Common Core math in the early years, calm down. Enjoy the show: a multi-billion dollar train wreck. This one is high profile. When the crash occurs, there will be endless explanations. You know the drill. “If only we had been given more money.”
For you younger folks, whose memories of the 1960’s are either vague or non-existent, let me introduce you to Tom Lehrer, Ph.D., mathematics, Harvard. In the mid-1950’s, he produced a 10-inch LP album of songs — among the most clever humor songs in history, though some were a bit risque. All of them are on YouTube. Then, in the early 1960’s, he wrote songs for the TV satire show, That Was the Week That Was.
Then he did a song on the New Math. A mathematician will laugh louder than you will — unless you are a mathematician. Think of this as Common Core I.
Note: only one university mathematician was on the Common Core Validation Committee, Stanford’s James Milgram. He resigned in protest.
How not to teach math to young children — or anyone else:
This poor woman pretends to understand a brand-new, utterly hopeless curriculum. She is incoherent. She does not understand the extent to which she is visibly and audibly incoherent. She is the front person. Not interviewed were the women on the faculty who were screened by the principal and not selected. They are terrified, for good reason. They will soon be made to look like fools every day, trying to explain Common Core math to children. Most of them were not good at math in high school. They took no math in college. They majored in young child development, where math is not mentioned. (I have 12 semester hours in the field, which I earned at night school when I was 54. There was no training in math, I assure you.) Now they are being used as guinea pigs for a half-baked, jerry-rigged experiment.
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