My wife received an email about Math U See yesterday that announced that they are aligned with the Common Core. Math U See is another popular math curriculum for homeschooling families (one my family has used for years).
On their website they tout:
We welcome the emphasis in the Common Core State Standards Initiative on conceptual understanding. The goal of the Common Core State Standards for elementary mathematics is to “provide students with a solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals.” This is not simply a matter of rote learning. “The standards stress not only procedural skill but also conceptual understanding, to make sure students are learning and absorbing the critical information they need to succeed at higher levels- rather than the current practices by which many students learn enough to get by on the next test, but forget it shortly thereafter, only to review again the following year.”
Math isn’t just a matter of rote learning, but you need rote learning to complement conceptual understanding. Otherwise there is a focus on trying to develop algebraic thinking with kindergarteners without them having any base knowledge.
They announced that all of their 2013 editions will be aligned to the Common Core:
Our 2013 editions of Primer-Zeta ensure that all of the concepts and procedures outlined in the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Content for grades K-6 is fully articulated. Although our materials are structured for skill mastery and are not divided by grade level, we have also followed, where possible, the grade level sequence within the Content Standards. As additional materials from the CCSS Initiative are released, such as the publisher’s criteria, we are also endeavoring to pass on the intent of the standards by focusing on those concepts and procedures that the Initiative describes as essential and by placing less emphasis on those that the Initiative considers to be of lesser importance.
First Saxon and now Math U See… homeschoolers do you understand now how the Common Core impacts you and not just public schools?
Update: If you’d like to express your disappointment you can do so by emailing them at sales@MathUSee.com.