Back-to-School night marked the first time I ever heard about Common Core Standards. “Hang on tight, parents. Common Core is about to change everything,” my first grade son’s teacher warned, “this new standard is all about teaching your kids the how and why. It’s aiming for a deeper understanding of concepts beyond memorization.”
Truthfully, I didn’t know what all that meant. My kid was in first grade. Maybe a deeper understanding was a good thing, heck, maybe it was even a great thing. His teacher mentioned something about this being a pilot year for the standard and how next year it would really count. I still didn’t really know what that meant, but whatever.
“Meh, curriculums change. No biggie.” I thought … until the work started coming home.
You guys, I didn’t know which end was up. What the what was all this? What was the homework even asking? Was there a Common Core homework hotline I could call? Was I dumber than a first grader? Apparently so.
Last week, my girl Monica wrote about the Common Core math question that sparked national media attention proving there’s a herculean disconnect between the parent (and/or teacher and/or students and/or everyone and the Common Core curriculum.
While only time will tell how our students and the new standards fare, I thought digging a little deeper into the hows and whys of Common Core State Standards couldn’t hurt.