It’s the Rollout, Not the Standards.

More and more, intelligent friends who are not involved in the field of educations are coming to me about perceived perils of the Common Core. Their positive intentions carry a feeling of exasperation.

  • “Is this really what’s being taught now?”
  • “What on earth would anyone learn it this way?”
  • “How come you don’t teach the shortcut?”

Given the number of education reform efforts we’ve experienced over the last half-century, you’d think we’d be better at rolling out new standards. Why not start a new initiative in kindergarten and work its way up through our system each year? Wouldn’t that be less traumatic for our kids than changing an entire K-12 system concurrently in an arbitrary year?

Consider, for example, this problem that is circulating the InterWebs:

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My friend was genuinely concerned about how this student must feel, being marked down for a correct calculation. Here was my reply:

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What do you think? To what extent does me reply “hold water”?


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