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:
My friend was genuinely concerned about how this student must feel, being marked down for a correct calculation. Here was my reply:
What do you think? To what extent does me reply “hold water”?