Mathematics teachers not trained for Common Core, New York Times reports

Article By: Danielle Dreilinger | July 28, 2014 | Originally Posted on NOLA.com

“New math” is nothing new – but mathematics homework in the latest round of changes, the Common Core, has drawn the attention and annoyance of parents as prominent as comedian Louis C.K.

In this week’s New York Times Magazine, reporter Elizabeth Green analyzes the problem and comes up with an answer: teachers are poorly prepared and not good enough at math themselves.

Green praised the goal of Common Core math: “Carefully taught, the assignments can help make math more concrete.” The goal isĀ to help children understand how numbers work, rather than having them memorizeĀ individual algorithms they then cannot apply to new situations.

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