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Is “New” Math Fuzzy?

January 5th, 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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