A total of 45 states, including New York, have adopted the Common Core Standards Initiative, which focus on the subjects of math and English language arts.
From the difficulty and rigor of the work to the effects it is having on both students and teachers, Common Core is huge topic of debate at the moment. With that in mind, we asked readers on our Facebook page what they like least about Common Core.
Here's a few of the responses:
Robert Cohen: Common Core for math is overly confusing and extremely frustrating to students and parents alike.
Jeannie McGuire Burger: My child is in 1st grade and he was given word problems in his math homework almost immediately. Can children at least be able to read before you give them these math problems? I also don't see how confusing questions like: If you had a total of nine books on the library shelf and 9 of them were blue and 0 were green. How many .... I do not have exact question but the bottom line they want a 1st grader with limited reading and math skills to be able to make a math sentence from a silly paragraph which really makes no sense in real world. I do recall the answer and it was 9-9=0. Why cant children just be taught the basics before you confuse the heck out of them. I do know children may get frustrated easy and this will turn them against school forever. PLEASE TELL THE POWERS THAT BE THEY ARE SCREWING UP CHILDRENS ACADEMIC FUTURE.
Jeffrey Reynolds: Teachers have not been adequately trained and the math workbooks are full of typos! This whole process has been rushed and I can imagine how confused our kids will be when the Feds pull the plug on this poorly-executed experiment and replace it with a new catch-phrase in three years.
Christina Pepe McCarthy: I hate that they make the 3rd graders do this ridiculous math. Not everyone's brain thinks like that.
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