Tag: parents

Why the Incredibles 2 Trailer Was Groan-Worthy for Teachers

The Incredibles 2 trailer that has been making the rounds has sparked discussions about a seemingly new villain: math homework. “Math is math is MATH!” a frustrated Mr. Incredible yells when his son explains that his teacher said to use a different approach than what Mr. Incredible is familiar with. Many parents found the clip...

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Scary Fact: Parents don’t have enough information!

A recent poll from Learning Heroes found that 90 percent of parents surveyed said they think their child is performing at or above grade level. Why is this scary?  Well, trick-or-treaters, it turns out there is a huge gap between parents’ perceptions of how their students measure up academically and how their kids are actually...

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Frustrated with Your Child’s Homework? Look to Your Local Teachers for Help

  Citing a confusing homework problem from the U.K., Romper columnist Becky Bracken claims that there are “plenty of good reasons to hate on standardized testing” and “‘Common Core’ federal testing standards. They make homework even harder for kids and their tired parents.” Only the United States uses Common Core – so it’s silly to...

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States’ Focus on Building Math Understanding Is Helping Students. It’s Important They Continue to Make Parents Part of the Process

As states have raised classroom expectations and begun to focus math instruction on developing fluency and understanding, it has become “difficult and/or impossible for some parents to grasp” math concepts, writes Fay Kimmins, a Kentucky resident in a letter to the Paducah Day. “Assisting with homework becomes comparable to a parent finishing a surgery initiated...

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Setting the Record Straight: Alaska and the Common Core

In a letter to the Fresno Bee, Sandy Torosian, a local parent, argues that California families should boycott assessments aligned to Common Core State Standards. “All over the country, parents are fed up with being ignored by a government education system. They are exercising a parent’s right, and even civil duty, to refuse testing.” Torosian...

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A Silent Majority of New Yorkers Are ‘Opting In’ to High-Quality Assessments

Reporting on a recent opinion piece by New York teacher Katie Lapham, a New Boston Post article suggests educators across New York adamantly oppose assessments aligned to Common Core State Standards. “Like Lapham, others in New York and elsewhere have called on students (and parents) to refuse to take the tests…‘There is no conclusive evidence...

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