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Quin Hillyer’s “Legislative auditor misses Common Core’s problems” is a damning piece about Common Core. According to Hillyer, support among teachers for the new standards tanked 30 percent in one year, from 76 percent to 46 percent.

In the piece, Hillyer points out several problems with the new academic standards:

Stories are legion, and incontrovertible, of students in Core-centric classes being given low grades for right answers — all because the students couldn’t show the required dots, lines, squares, cubes or folded-paper cutouts to explain how they figured that 6 is half of 12.

Here’s how the Core’s own document describes it … “Mathematically proficient students who can apply what they know are comfortable making assumptions and approximations to simplify a complicated situation, realizing that these may need revision later.”

That’s exactly what Core math is all about: justifying reasoning (or a first-grader’s guesswork), rather than necessarily arriving at the correct answer.

With its stress on endless process rather than results, Common Core actually slows down the current schedule of student advancement through basic mathematical disciplines.

 For Hillyer’s full article, see Quin Hillyer: Legislative auditor misses Common Core’s problems

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