Math and the Common Core, a very heated topic in my circles. I have had many discussions with friend and colleagues about how this “new math” is complicated. As someone who struggled with math from a very early age, I can see why this creates difficult situations at home. Parents, many of whom work full time and are exhausted with their long to-do lists, do not know how to handle their children’s frustrations with homework.
The Common Core causes all of us to look at situations in a different light, much different that the way we were taught as children. Let’s be honest, as an adult it is much more challenging to adapt despite the fact that you can teach an old dog new tricks. But here is what I do know, the educational system is changing. Our children are expected to know more. They are taught in different ways, but kids are so resilient that they can do it. And if we trust the teachers and administrators to do educate we all win.
Personally, I am amazed at the way my children learn math. I watch them figure out how to solve problems and push their minds in unique ways. But at the same time, I am secretly afraid of the day that I feel like I cannot help them with math due to my own limitations. So I look forward to discussions with the professionals who can teach me how to support my kids. Maybe we can all learn the new math.
For additional insight, please read this article from Education Week about Math and The Common Core.