Common Core Math Better Prepares Children for the Real World
“Common Core lays the foundation for students to have a better grasp of mathematical concepts than present standards and sets higher expectations for teaching and learning,” says Solomon Friedberg, chair of the Math Department at Boston College.
While there have been some critics of the new math standards, Professor Friedberg takes to the pages of USA Today to explain why the new standards will help children success in college and careers:
“Learning math this way leads to deeper understanding, obviates the need for endless rule-memorizing and provides the intellectual flexibility to apply math in new situations, ones for which the rules need to be adapted. (It’s also a lot more fun.) Combining computational fluency with understanding makes for problem solvers who can genuinely use their math. This is what businesses want and what is necessary to use math in a quantitative discipline.”
Friedberg also recognizes that the standards have been endorsed by, “every major mathematical society president, including the American Mathematical Society and the American Statistical Association.”
Sounds like Common Core math standards add up to a better way to prepare children for a brighter future.
Read Solomon Freidberg’s full piece in USA Today.