Common Core Can Help Overcome Math Phobia
As longtime Ohio educators, Alice Gill and Linda Gojak say they are willing to fight for Common Core, “not because it’s popular or unpopular, not because it’s perfect, but because it’s the right thing to do for our children.”
“We’re tired of seeing this issue co-opted by political opportunists,” they add in an opinion piece in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The authors point out practical learning expectations in math at different grade levels, including, “exploring the concept of 5” in kindergarten and learning to multiply by fractions in fifth grade. Noting teachers must help parents become familiar with new math techniques, they say, “Perhaps the most important thing about these standards is they challenge children to think.” “
We need to stop being math-phobic,” they conclude.
Read the full article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.