The News Leader reports that Virginia’s math standards align to the Common Core by 95% and Virginia parents are frustrated. You may remember that Virginia pulled out of the Common Core State Standards when former Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA) was elected. I noted in my essay in the book Common Ground on Common Core, Virginia […]

## Did Jeopardy Take a Jab at Common Core?

Did Jeopardy take a jab at Common Core with a “non-Common Core math category during an episode of Jeopardy during kids week? It sure looks that way.

## New Math: Another Example of Modern Education Stupidity

Dr. Raj Shah, founder of Math Plus Academy, released a video last week entitled, “Why Math is Different” in order to defend the new math utilized by Common Core-aligned curriculum. In the video he sought to “clear up parents’ misconceptions” about the new math. Truth in American Education asked two math experts to offer a […]

## Local School Board in Louisiana Votes to Dump Common Core Math

You may recall that last year the St. Tammany Parish school board voted unanimously on a resolution urging the state of Louisiana to reject Common Core. Almost one full year later the same board voted last week to dump Common Core-aligned math curriculum. It will phased out over the course of the school year. “We’re […]

## Adult Classes for Common Core Math?

Common Core math is so *great* that in Nevada they are offering classes to help parents understand it. That’s where Bill Hanlon comes in. Hanlon is director of the Regional Professional Development Program of Southern Nevada, created by the Nevada Legislature to help train teachers. But he’s also providing education for parents — free classes […]

## A Common Sense Approach to Common Core Math

Barry Garelick is providing a great service to parents and teachers who have no choice but to navigate through the Common Core Math waters. Garelick has a degree in Mathematics from the University of Michigan and after retiring from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency he sought out credentials to teach secondary math in California. He […]

## Common Core Math Anxiety Personified in a 2nd Grader

A single mother in Louisiana gave me permission to share the video below of her child expressing frustration over her new Common Core-aligned homework. She told me, “I hate sharing the video of my baby crying, but we’ve got to get this out of our schools.” She has four children and they all are having […]

## How Common Core and The New SAT Lower College Standards in the U.S.

Pioneer Institute released this week another white paper. The paper entitled “The Revenge of K-12: How Common Core and the New SAT Lower College Standards in the U.S.” was authored by Richard Phelps and James Milgram. Pioneer’s description of the paper: This white paper presents evidence that Common Core math standards’ (CCMS) weak Algebra II […]

## What Does a Quality Textbook Look Like?

There’s an interesting new concern being voiced by Common Core leaders: “What does a quality textbook look like?” Here’s a non-nuanced, concrete answer, especially for mathematics textbooks: “It gets results and doesn’t chase kids out of math.” And, yes, such textbooks do exist. It’s not surprising that the issue of quality textbooks has come up […]

## Classic Response from a Parent Over Common Core Math Worksheet

I don’t know the ultimate origin of this worksheet, but it is great. HT: Badass Teachers Association