There is a great deal of misunderstanding when it comes to the United States’ National Common Core Standards for Mathematics. This blog is an attempt to help educators and others better understand the Common Core Standards for Math, and why the standards are necessary.
While the standards, like all other efforts at education reform, are not perfect, they will hopefully raise the bar for education in this country. The standards are an attempt to raise expectations. Researchers agree high expectations are one of the biggest drivers of student learning. Parents, educators and all interested parties must expect our students performance in the classroom to match performance of students around the world.
The common core offers no gaurantees, but it is a step in the right direction. Education reform projects seem to bubble up every few years only to be abandoned in favor of the next big idea. The National Standards will no doubt be tweaked as problems arise, but ensuring all of our students meet basic learning requirements for critical thinking and problem solving is in all American’s best interests.