Meredith Gavin, a parent in New York State, emailed me this morning with a video she made of her third grade son, Liam, doing his math homework. She wrote:
This is a prime example of how my son’s brain gets confused, when he is given homework that entails knowing several different concepts that he struggles with, and then those concepts are mixed together – he even struggles with taking 0 away from 5.
I will recognize that even if this Math HW was not based around CC he would still be having a hard time. I will also add that CCSS is not helping special ed kids in any- way, shape, or form. They are rushing him through 3rd grade lessons without a solid foundation, and I truly believe it is BECAUSE of Common Core.
She said this video was the result of months of frustrations she has had with him coming home not being able to complete his homework. Meredith also said, “this video is a PRIME example of how it is causing the ‘I can’t do it’ mentality in kids with special needs, and I’m guessing, even ones that do not even have the capability without accommodations and modifications.”