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Common Core could hold smart kids back
Apr 28, 2013 | 951 views | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Editor,

I am writing in concern about the new mathematics program that is being implemented in the schools this year.

As a high school senior, I have been able to select honors and college-level courses and have followed the traditional enrollment processes with the math programs available each year, beginning in seventh grade. This has allowed me to excel and push myself to learn new things by being able to enroll in classes of my choice and academic levels.

I understand the importance of math in our education and throughout our lives; however, with the implementation of this new program I don’t see how new students in the junior high levels will have the same opportunity to pursue higher math as they continue their education.

I believe this new program (incorporating all math teachings into one class per year) will not be effective in the teaching of math to the younger grades. Those who naturally understand math and want to pursue more advanced courses like I did are now being held back instead of excelling in their studies by waiting for “no child left behind.”

Also, where are the textbooks to teach this new program? How are the teachers going to find materials to generalize each of the math courses? I am concerned that the new mathematic generalized program will not work. Having a choice in selecting honors and college-level math courses made a difference for me.

Chaz Lundquist,

Bountiful High School Student

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April 28, 2013
Chaz, You are asking the right questions of educators but you may not get the answer you want. In times past the goal of educators was at the end, "What do you want you product to be able to do when complete with their education in your school?" That no longer matters. Common Core aligns education for a test, not life. Math skills are not as important as the ability to test within a score window so as to preserve the educators position. Common Core, Discovery Math, Investigations, Everyday Math, TERC are all part of the Constructivist methods and have been disproven by time and life over and over but socialist movements wishing to make things "fair" keeps raising it's ugly head even after being beaten down by reality. Good luck in the future. It's a battle. . .
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