Friday, November 28, 2014

Wondering what everyone thinks about the common core math. I read that it's not necessarily meant to teach students to figure out an answer to a problem quicker, but it's more to teach children how to think. The rationale behind it is that kids don't need to know to do the calculations, per say, since a calculator can do all the work for them. The old traditional methods of adding, subtracting, multiplying and division are quicker, but many believe that kids just memorize the steps, the process by which to get the answer without even knowing why different things are performed. For example, why are numbers carried and borrowed?   As a long-time math tutor, I prefer the old traditional methods. I'd much rather use them and not allow kids to use calculators on the more simple math problems. Anyone have an opinion on the common core math methods?

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