The last time I checked, math was still doable by adults. Oh but wait, then came common core and now not even the adults can solve 3rd and 4th grade math. My daughter is in 4th grade and our state adopted common core two years ago. Third grade was ok, not great. But OK. My husband and I had been able to deal with it. We told our daughter to learn the new “strategies” but to always solve and double check the math problem the “old school” way – you know how we, the parents, learned math and how the entire human race has learned math since the beginning of time. Ok, so we were dealing with it, and then comes 4th grade common core math.
Allow me to translate “common core math” = parents are stupid. Yes, steep, you betcha. Now listen I don’t pretend to be the smartest person, but I’m average like most of the human population. Plus I have the advantage of being an adult and having learned math already, so when I read a problem that my 4th grade daughter needs to solve on her own, and I don’t get it, well we have a problem.
My daughter is supposed to use these “strategies” that have nothing to do with the way we used to solve math problems. The only problem is that the strategies are more confusing than the problem. No thank you. I will break the rules and solve this problem using my cave man strategy- you know, the one I learned from my elders. So I show my daughter to solve a problem my way, and she understands it without any issues.
But, then she explains that she needs to learn to solve the problem using the common core ‘strategies” – so I do my homework and learn this non-sense so I can help my daughter with it. I tell her that these “strategies” are pure nonsense. But mom, she says, I can’t tell that to the teacher. And I think to myself, your teacher probably thinks the same thing. So we help her solve the problem with the common core “strategies” and then, to double check it with good old school math just to make sure she gets the right answer.
And now, allow me to humbly thank the common core for helping me teach my child one of the most crucial life lessons that she will need to succeed in life and in her career. You see common core math strategies are nonsense.
Thank you so much common core, truly from the bottom of my heart, now I can teach my daughter that as she grows up, she will encounter a lot of nonsense that she will have to do in school, in her job, in her career, in her own business. And she will just have to do the nonsense because it’ll be part of her job, career, responsibilities. And she tells me, but why will I have to do the nonsense if there is a better way to do it without it.
Eureka! yes, my smart daughter, as you grow up and you see that there is nonsense, you have the freedom to choose to break the rules and do things differently.
And she asks me if she can be successful doing things differently. Yes, I give her examples, people who created Google, Facebook, your beloved apple tablet, most of the gadgets and inventions that we enjoy today and make our lives better, come from people who understood the nonsense, chose to ignore it, and created it something better.
No, I’m not telling my daughter to be rebel and get bad grades or defy her teachers. I ask her to do her work, be a good student, respect and appreciate her teachers. But I’m teaching her not to stress about the nonsense aka common core math.
So thank you, thank you common core math for helping me teach my child a life lesson that will help her become successful at anything she does. From the bottom of my heart, please accept my gratitude, Common Core because if you would have made sense I would have missed this awesome opportunity to teach my daughter.