Published On: Wed, Aug 21st, 2013

Common Core video reveals 3 times 4 equal 11 will be ‘corrected’ but their explanation is the emphasis

Common Core, the new national curriculum that the Obama administration will impose on American public school students this fall, is coming under fire for some bizarre tactics in teaching.

Lots of money back Common Core to get the standards in school, but now the standards are being call into question

Lots of money back Common Core to get the standards in school, but now the standards are being call into question

From a YouTube video, Amanda August, a curriculum coordinator in a suburb of Chicago called Grayslake, explains that getting the right answer in math just doesn’t matter as long as kids can explain the necessarily faulty reasoning they used to get to that wrong answer.

AUGUST: Even if they said, ‘3 x 4 was 11,’ if they were able to explain their reasoning and explain how they came up with their answer really in words and in oral explanations, and they showed it in the picture but they just got the final number wrong, we’re really more focusing on the how.

OFF-SCREEN: You’re going to be correcting them, right?

AUGUST: Absolutely, absolutely. We want our students to compute correctly. But the emphasis is really moving more towards the explanation, and the how, and the why, and ‘can I really talk through the procedures that I went through to get this answer, and not just knowing that it’s 12, but why is it 12? How do I know that?

Officials have countered the description of Common Core, but not the practices saying the program as “a new national curriculum the Obama administration is imposing on schools,” Common Core is not a curriculum, but a set of standards that delineates what skills students should acquire at each grade level. States have the option to decide whether or not to adopt the Common Core standards, and school districts determine their own curricula to comply. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have adopted the program. Many private and religious schools have opted-out.  






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