Two dynamics that should both be helping children are working at direct opposites.  Opposing each other.

Education Week digs into this and weighs in on the mostly academic fight going on regarding our math standards. Some of you who have been here a while will remember our horror over taking the Smart Balanced Assessment tests for the age groups of our children.  Many of you responded, that whereas the math concepts were not that difficult (for adults mind you), it was next to impossible to discern what the question-asker was requesting because of imprecise use of language….  The wording was very confusing.

To fill you in… recently two researchers challenged the Common Core assertion that it would make children college and career ready. Their research essentially  boiled down to the fact that Common Core did not test beyond Algebra II.  Most 4 year colleges and universities required Trig, Calc, or Pre Calc. in their admissions guidelines.  If you were applying to Harvard and didn’t know what a “tangent” was, well guess what?  (Tangents will not be taught in Common Core)…  Only a 2 year community college will accept an entrant having only Algebra II knowledge who doesn’t know what a “tangent” is.. .  Therefore the argument that Common Core would make education worse than it is today, is very valid.

The math question designer for Common Core, countered that the researchers were using false standards to describe “College and Career Ready”.  A few 4 year colleges also do not have Trig, Calc, or pre-Calc  entry requirements, he countered a child “could” get into a 4 year college with Common Core.  He argued the disagreement was only about language.  By “career and college ready” … Common Core was describing entry into 2 year community colleges, he stressed.  The Common Core question designer said that what the researchers were arguing for, was instead, STEM entrance requirements.

“Critics such as Milgram and Stotsky “want the term ‘college ready’ to mean something beyond Algebra 2,” Zimba wrote. “They want to call students college ready only if they go beyond Algebra 2 to take trigonometry, precalculus, or calculus. At the risk of giving more oxygen to what strikes me as being fundamentally a dispute about language, what [those critics] think of as ‘college ready’ is what I might call ‘STEM ready.’ I think it makes sense to most people that college readiness and STEM readiness are two different things. The mathematical demands that students face in college will vary dramatically depending on whether they are pursuing a STEM major or not.”

it would appear that if you as a parent, had dreams of your child being rather intelligent and possibly going into a lucrative career involving science and math, you should be very afraid that Common Core will damage your child so much by putting him behind in his earlier years, that later, the STEM concepts will not be able to filter in…… 

For the record… Milgram, a professor emeritus of math at Stanford University, and Stotsky, a professor of education at the University of Arkansas, are two members of the common-core validation panel who refused to approve the standards.

The authors of the report decry that politicians are so out of touch with the mathematical field, ” “They do not seem to understand that [the] Common Core’s standards do not prepare high school students for STEM areas in college.

If you remember President Obama’s State of the Union speech in 2010 where Common Core was announced, he decried our backwardness in turning out engineers… Common Core aggravates that national problem. Common Core intended to make engineers, was hijacked by corporate interests who were more interested in having people say the right things to collect on past-due debts already owed…..

In less than 8 short months, Common Core is turning into the biggest sham ever foisted upon the American people.

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