Yes, of course
I'm familiar with Mr. Garelick's simplistic analysis in the Atlantic.
To his credit, there are several accurate statements, such as 1) Critical
thinking is emphasized. 2) Students may struggle as they are asked for the
first time to explain their thinking. 3) Some traditional (and
increasingly irrelevant) algorithms are delayed. 4) The mathematical
practices (habits of mind) are significant, and as such are very demanding.

I take fault with the article because the author does
not know what every math teacher knows: teaching an algorithm alone is
almost certain to result in students failing to understand the concepts
behind the procedure. This is why algebra teachers need to reteach almost
everything about fractions, even though the procedures were taught several
times before. A few calculations, then, do appear later than they did
before. However, the overall effect is to teach the concepts in greater
depth, so they do not need to be retaught. I recommend looking at
"progressions" at a site like commoncoretools.me

The biggest
problem is going to be in figuring out how to use standardized tests to assess/evaluate the mathematical practices.

RedShirtUSS Enterprise, UT

July 2, 2013 7:38 a.m.

To "MathTeacher" have you read articles like "A New Kind of Problem:
The Common Core Math Standards" in the Atlantic? The author there seems to
have read the standards, and is listing mathematical concepts that are delayed
under the standard. Can you also explain the whole idea of asking kids how they
"feel" about math helps with math? The elementary CC standards for math
spend more time asking them to write essays about math than actually doing
math.

I know that they try to teach some concepts earlier, but my
experience with what my kids are dealing with has proven that you can't
teach algebra in 6th grade because they don't have the basic understanding
of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

MathTeacherWichita, KS

July 1, 2013 4:19 p.m.

To RedShirt: as a math teacher who has been working on implementing the high
school math standards for the last two years, I can confidently say that the
Common Core does not delay algebra to high school. We will be be needing to use
our Algebra 2 books for our 9th grade Algebra 1 classes--Common Core aligned
books will not be available for another year at least--and ninety percent of
what we have been teaching in Algebra 1 will now be taught in grades 6 to 8.

The labels are understandably confusing for those who have not spend
many years actually teaching the content; however, the lack of the word
"algebra" in the content standards does not mean that the concepts are
not algebra. As an exercise compare the key words in the 8th grade standards
with the section headings of a typical Algebra 1 textbook. The very close
alignment that you will find will prove my point.

Having written
that, I am firmly opposed to the CCSS because the manner in which they are being
implemented is an egregious violation of the principles of federalism. Thanks
for listening.

RedShirtUSS Enterprise, UT

July 1, 2013 12:45 p.m.

To "The Real Maverick" you are wrong. Just look at the common core
standards on the government web site. Common core does not teach algebra until
the start of High School, which is 9th grade.

Why set back the math
standards another year? What benefit is it to take Algebra from 8th grade and
push it back to 9th?

To "Hamath" just look at the common core
web site. The states that have adopted the standard have been teaching from
that standard without textbooks because the books are not ready yet.

The Real MaverickOrem, UT

June 29, 2013 9:30 a.m.

Ummmmmmm.... Like literally all the problems she lists aren't related to
the common core. They have everything to do with the state curriculum (which the
common core doesn't change) and school funding. So perhaps she should write
to her local representative rather than the dnews?

one old manOgden, UT

June 29, 2013 7:25 a.m.

My we ask, Ms. Shepherd, where your expertise on this subject comes from?

HamathOmaha, NE

June 29, 2013 6:51 a.m.

The problems listed here sound to me more like inept school leadership or some
inept teachers, who are making bad choices.

" Implementing a
program without providing textbooks or learning materials to students is
negligence. " Is almost laughably misleading on her part. The Common Core
doesn't in any way, sense, or form say this.

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Response to RedShirt's question from July 2:

Yes, of course I'm familiar with Mr. Garelick's simplistic analysis in the Atlantic.

To his credit, there are several accurate statements, such as 1) Critical thinking is

emphasized. 2) Students may struggle as they are asked for the first time to explain

their thinking. 3) Some traditional (and increasingly irrelevant) algorithms are delayed.

4) The mathematical practices (habits of mind) are significant, and as such are very

demanding.

I take fault with the article because the author does not know what every math teacher

knows: teaching an algorithm alone is almost certain to result in students failing to

understand the concepts behind the procedure. This is why algebra teachers need to reteach

almost everything about fractions, even though the procedures were taught several times

before. A few calculations, then, do appear later than they did before. However, the

overall effect is to teach the concepts in greater depth, so they do not need to be

retaught. I recommend looking at "progressions" at a site like commoncoretools.me

The biggest problem is going to be in figuring out how to use standardized tests to

assess/evaluate the mathematical practices.

To "MathTeacher" have you read articles like "A New Kind of Problem: The Common Core Math Standards" in the Atlantic? The author there seems to have read the standards, and is listing mathematical concepts that are delayed under the standard. Can you also explain the whole idea of asking kids how they "feel" about math helps with math? The elementary CC standards for math spend more time asking them to write essays about math than actually doing math.

I know that they try to teach some concepts earlier, but my experience with what my kids are dealing with has proven that you can't teach algebra in 6th grade because they don't have the basic understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

To RedShirt: as a math teacher who has been working on implementing the high school math standards for the last two years, I can confidently say that the Common Core does not delay algebra to high school. We will be be needing to use our Algebra 2 books for our 9th grade Algebra 1 classes--Common Core aligned books will not be available for another year at least--and ninety percent of what we have been teaching in Algebra 1 will now be taught in grades 6 to 8.

The labels are understandably confusing for those who have not spend many years actually teaching the content; however, the lack of the word "algebra" in the content standards does not mean that the concepts are not algebra. As an exercise compare the key words in the 8th grade standards with the section headings of a typical Algebra 1 textbook. The very close alignment that you will find will prove my point.

Having written that, I am firmly opposed to the CCSS because the manner in which they are being implemented is an egregious violation of the principles of federalism. Thanks for listening.

To "The Real Maverick" you are wrong. Just look at the common core standards on the government web site. Common core does not teach algebra until the start of High School, which is 9th grade.

Why set back the math standards another year? What benefit is it to take Algebra from 8th grade and push it back to 9th?

To "Hamath" just look at the common core web site. The states that have adopted the standard have been teaching from that standard without textbooks because the books are not ready yet.

Ummmmmmm.... Like literally all the problems she lists aren't related to the common core. They have everything to do with the state curriculum (which the common core doesn't change) and school funding. So perhaps she should write to her local representative rather than the dnews?

My we ask, Ms. Shepherd, where your expertise on this subject comes from?

The problems listed here sound to me more like inept school leadership or some inept teachers, who are making bad choices.

" Implementing a program without providing textbooks or learning materials to students is negligence. " Is almost laughably misleading on her part. The Common Core doesn't in any way, sense, or form say this.