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Topic: Solomon Garfunkel on Common Core Standards
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Robert Hansen

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Re: Solomon Garfunkel on Common Core Standards
Posted: Jul 28, 2012 7:31 PM
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Dom, can you share more detail on why you think CCSSM is rubbish? I think the elementary standards are on the right track but they are only a topic list. The teaching of mathematics involves more than just a good list of topics, it involves a textbook, a curriculum and a teacher. Just creating a good list of topics is not enough to guarantee those other elements. Case in point, virtually every current rattrap of a curriculum has already (self) qualified themselves as being "aligned" with these standards, even though they are not. But that is marketing. Something we are used to from Pepsi or Phillip Morris and should be just as used to from the educational industry. They are businesses, with executives, bills to pay and mouths to feed like any other.

I think the elementary topics are at least in the right order of magnitude. The high school standards are destined to fail though.

Pages 4 and 5...

"One of the hallmarks of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics is the specification of content that all students must study in order to be college and career ready. This ?college and career ready line? is a minimum for all students."

"Furthermore, research shows that allowing low-achieving students to take low-level courses is not a recipe for academic success (Kifer, 1993). The research strongly suggests that the goal for districts should not be to stretch the high school mathematics standards over all four years. Rather, the goal should be to provide support so that all students can reach the college and career ready line by the end of the eleventh grade, ending their high school career with one of several high-quality mathematical courses that allows students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the college- and career-ready standards."

First off, why did they need research to show that students that fail math are unsuccessful. Secondly, are they unaware that less than 15% of the students succeed through algebra? Are they aware that if you asked 100 randomly chosen adults to solve a quadratic equation, maybe 3 would be able to do so?

This "Algebra for All" philosophy is the death knell to this initiative.

Bob Hansen

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