Common Core has been making its way into public schools across America. This video explains how to solve a simple math problem using the new Common Core method. An elementary school teacher in Buffalo, New York, demonstrates how to add the equation 9 + 6. Eileen Ryan from Maple West Elementary breaks down the process by making it friendlier for “our young learners”.
“Our young learners might not be altogether comfortable thinking about what “nine plus six” is. They are quite comfortable thinking about their friend “10”. Ten is emphasized in our young grades as we’re working in a base-10 system. So, if we can partner 9 to a number, an anchor 10, we can help our students see what 9 + 6 is.
So, we’re gong to decompose our six, and we know six is made up of parts. One of its parts is a 1, and the other part is a 5. We’re now going to anchor our 9 to a 1, allowing our students to anchor to that 10. Now our students are seeing that we have 10 + 5. They are having now more comfort seeing that 10 + 5 is 15. That’s much more comfortable than looking at 9 + 6, an isolated math fact.”
This Common Core method of solving this simple math problem seems more concerned with the students’ comfort with certain equations rather than teaching true math skills.
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h/t: Conservative Tribune