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Is “New” Math Fuzzy?

January 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

This is a helpful column for parents about the way math is taught nowadays. In short, the “old ways” were not necessarily the “best ways.”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/09/15/common-core-math-education-standards-fluency-column/15693531/

“Common Core math is getting the works from critics: It’s too demanding for most kids; holds back the speedy kids; not the same as what parents already know; makes kids cry. It even promotes “fuzzy math.”

As a professional mathematician, I’m as firmly against fuzzy math as they come. Common Core lays the foundation for students to have a better grasp of mathematical concepts than present standards and sets higher expectations for teaching and learning.”

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  •   Nance // Jan 5th 2015 at 11:11 am

    I think the difference is the Common Core standards versus the curriculum. The current curriculum attempts to meet the standards in a way that doesn’t make sense to some kids.

    Parents are frustrated when their children come home confused and they can’t help their children.

    It’s frustrating to children who understand some methods and don’t grasp other methods.

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