**The controversy with common core:**

Math
has become a new phobia among youth and current parents. It has many
wearing math illiteracy as a badge of honor. The problem began with
adults experiencing negativity at a young age toward the subject. It
was often taught in very rigid and mechanical tone. The rigidity is
where the problem we face today finds its roots. Math was drilled
into our heads with the idea that there is only one way to do
things, and anything else leads to lower grades. Many teachers were
strictly against alternative methods, and led to an ingrained
aversion to the subject for their students.

Other
issues include the teaching methods themselves, as well as the lack
of guidance for students who may take longer to grasp the subject. In
the interest of time, and testing, the teachers are encouraged to
cover large amounts of material in a short amount of time. These
factors in combination are what has resulted in the attitude toward
math that parents possess today. This attitude is also being passed
on to their children, by encouraging an avoidance of mathematics. The
parents own aversion and lack of proper education in mathematics
makes it difficult to understand the material their children are
bringing home. The new common core standards and teaching tools are
incredibly different from what many of these parents are familiar
with.

Currently students are being introduced new concepts for learning math with the
development of common core. Altering how things are done, can be
beneficial to finding better teaching options. Sure many of these
methods are breaking from tradition, but as with all things we are
learning. Which forces us to integrate new information and approaches
to teaching. Parents and educators all need to stay aware of this. As
we learn and grow intellectually, knowledge must force us to change.
However, this change conflicts with the fact that the parents of
these children are unable to help them to better their skills in
these areas. Here we see the roots of the problem. The parents were
not taught by common core standards, and therefore cannot aid their
children until first learning the methods themselves.

If
parents or teachers see common core standards as a problem maybe
schools could host a week long open seminar on what is actually going
to be taught and how it is implemented. The schools could have
qualified instructors in the common core standards come and talk with
parents and teachers. They could even teach some of the new math
strategies to the parents so they can be better informed on how to
help their children adapt to the new material.

Given
the chance to come to understand the common core math standards could
help change the way some respond to them. I understand the problems
many people have with common core math. Seeing a drop in test scores
with new standards being put into place is a shock, but when you look
into it you see it is not the problem with the tests, it is us. We
are failing our children. The common core math standards are well
informed and vetted by leaders in the stem fields. And these are the
things our children need to learn to remain competitive with their
peers around the globe.

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