Common Core Math Lead Writer: It’s Not Parents Job to Teach Common Core Math

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Parents should be able to teach their elementary students math with a teaching degree.
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Kathleen Lucadamo wrote a piece at The Hechinger Report trying to give parents advice if their children struggle with Common Core math.

This has to have one the more condescending titles I’ve read in quite some time. “Back off parents: It’s not your job to teach Common Core math when helping with homework.”

This is based on advice given from Jason Zimba, who was one of the lead writers for the Common Core Math Standards.

“The most important rule as a parent is to make sure it gets done. I may not have time to do an impromptu lesson on math but I can make sure everything is completed,” said Jason Zimba, one of the three lead writers of Common Core’s math standards and founding partner of Student Achievement Partners, a group that helps teachers with the standards. “It’s about managing work load and learning accountability.”

Although the father of two gives his children, ages 6 and 8, math tutorials on Saturday mornings, he says a parent doesn’t have to be a numbers whiz when it comes to homework.

“The math instruction on the part of parents should be low. The teacher is there to explain the curriculum,” said Zimba.

First as a parent I wouldn’t teach my kids Common Core math, I would teach them the fastest way to solve the problem so they will actually be prepared for life instead of what Common Core does.  Second, this continues to feed into the mentality that teachers, not parents are responsible for a child’s education. I recognize that there are skill sets teachers have that parents don’t when it comes to classroom instruction. Our homes are not formal classrooms however, and it shouldn’t take “a math guru” to explain basic math to kids.

What Common Core has managed to do is drive a wedge between a student and their parents, and I think it is safe to say that this is by design.

One thought on “Common Core Math Lead Writer: It’s Not Parents Job to Teach Common Core Math

  1. My son would fail if I didn’t help. Tell me am I suppose just sit back and watch this happen? Get real….. if I didn’t help by teaching him exactly what the teacher teaches he would fail. There is a thing called communication which I do with his teacher. How dare you tell me to back off…..

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