“The math homework wars”

I’m not really having this issue yet (my daughter is in Kindergarten) but I’ve heard other parents’ concerns with how math is being taught in school.   This article seems to shine a light on the frustrations if you aren’t hip to how math is being taught now-a-days.  I find it interesting and see both sides of it.  As someone who struggled with mathematics in school for a long time, I can see how alternative ways of structuring it could help .  On the other-hand, I can definitely see how helping kids with this “new math” could be incredibly frustrating.  What are you thoughts on this?

If you have children in elementary school, you know exactly what I’m talking about. The math we grew up with doesn’t exist anymore. The new Common Core aligned Everyday Math-type programs are causing parents across the country to bang their heads against the walls each night as they try and help their kids do the daily homework sheets.

It’s no longer, add, subtract and carry the number. Now there are regroupings, arrays, number lines and ballpark estimates.

Read the full article at:  http://www.thesunchronicle.com/vip/features/stories/introne-the-math-homework-wars/article_599ddace-d968-11e4-b326-fb857a4fd20a.html

 

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Megan Fister is a website designer and manager of the Central Penn Adobe User Group in Harrisburg, PA. She loves technology and is married with a young daughter. She enjoys blogging on Homework Helper about technology and how it relates to children & education. Megan is BJ's sister and technical advisor to the Homework Helper Website.
 

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