### Common Core Doesn’t Discourage Students from Exploring Math Techniques. Actually, the Opposite is True.

Writing on the Huffington Post, Alan Singer, a social studies instructor at Hofstra University, claims when it comes to the Common Core, “You are not supposed to think. You are not supposed to imagine, estimate, or consider options. You are to follow instructions and solve problems in the right order.” Of assessments, Singer adds, “Common...

### Common Core Math Standards Help Students Build Fluency, Which Is Hardly a ‘Waste of Time’

In a letter to the Salt Lake Tribune, Gordon Johnston, a Utah grandfather, argues the Common Core “is the most ridiculous thing ever invented—by some person insulated from the real world…It is a system of time-wasting.” Math questions that require students to explain their reasoning, the letter suggests, are “not even sensible… I can think...

### Award-Winning Teachers Share Thoughts on Common Core

The National Network of State Teachers of the Year has created a series of videos interviewing award-winning teachers about their approaches in the classroom and their thoughts on the Common Core State Standards. The videos show each teacher’s unique methods and philosophies about learning, and how they personally use the Common Core State Standards to guide...

### Setting the Record Straight on Common Core and Algebra I

Recently parents and education columnists have raised concerns that Common Core State Standards’ call for “general” eighth-grade math classes instead of Algebra I will “restrain” the ambitions of students who want to reach the highest levels of high-school math. The change is “inscrutable,” Jay Mathews wrote in the Washington Post this week. Tom Loveless of...

### Changes to Eighth-Grade Math Don’t Mean Students Are Learning Less

Many schools are making changes to eighth-grade math, forcing families to “restrain their ambitions and delay algebra until high school,” which Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews calls “inscrutable.” “Parents who need a clear reason for restraining math acceleration in middle school are not getting it,” he adds, suggesting the progression of learning under Common Core...

### Fox News Host Contradicts Himself, Says Common Core Sets Students Up to Fail and Lowers the Bar. Both Are Wrong

Discussing whether students would be better off if schools eliminated algebra as a graduation requirement, as suggested by author Andrew Hacker, Fox News host Pete Hegseth attributed students’ frustrations in math to the “mumbo jumbo” of Common Core State Standards. “They are setting [students] up to fail. And then we’re lowering the standards and we’re...