As teachers are implementing the Common Core math and English Language Arts standards across the country, parents continue to struggle with the realization that they are unable to help their children with confusing math problems that Common Core proponents say will help students prepare for college and careers.
As students head back to the classrooms, Local Buffalo WGRZ News is now featuring a series called “On Your Side’s Homework Helper” each morning on its Daybreak show during back-to-school week. Each video in the series features a math teacher explaining different Common Core math principles.
Two of the videos in the series are below. To view the entire series, visit WGRZ.com:
Throughout the nation, parents and their children are struggling with non-intuitive Common Core math and the promise of more testing as the school year begins. Meanwhile, politicians are recognizing that the standards have grown to be extremely unpopular and are backing away from the heavy support they once gave them.
Al.com reports that Alabama Republican Party chairman Bill Armistead commented in his weekly column about the Obama administration’s promise of more than $4 billion in incentives offered to states to adopt the Common Core standards.
“The dazzle of incentives from the federal government, however, has failed to shine so bright in reality,” Armistead acknowledged. “Many states have begun to reconsider their agreement.”
“Some educators, parents and students have complained the teaching style is fuzzy and confusing; often doing more harm than good,” Armistead admitted.
“Many are anxiously waiting to see what the newly elected legislature will do with this issue when they convene next spring,” he added. “Most Alabamians would agree that it is within our right as a state to control our own educational system. However, it is within our duty to build one that is efficient, successful and will allow for the next generation of Alabamians to prosper.”