Everything I wrote came from the Common Core Mathematics Curriculum of New York State. Sadly, millions of kids are being “taught” with this curriculum – and as a result many will be math-challenged their entire lives.

I am interested in the **reality** of what the kids are being taught, not the theory of what they should be taught. I am concerned about the textbooks, curricula, lesson plans, teacher guides, homework, quizzes, etc. that define what kids are actually taught in the name of Common Core.

Would you agree with me that the examples I described, along with others I did not describe such as the “arrow way” of addition or the “lattice method” of multiplication, are ridiculous? They all came from material labeled Common Core. You can download the entire math curriculum from The NY Education Department’s web site, engageNY.org.

Do you agree with me that kids taught these methods are being very badly taught?

If, as you imply, this material is not consistent with the standards, would you be willing to write to the authors of the materials and to the NYS Ed. Dept that adopted the curricula and tell them that their material labeled as CC-aligned is not consistent with the wording of the standards?

]]>2) Another one of your quotes above: “The Common Core Math lessons invite kids to count on their fingers even as far as 4th grade.” Grade K Common Core Math Standard K.OA.1: “Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, OR equations.” Besides emphasis on the word “OR” above, the Common Core State Standards do not even mention- much less encourage- the use of fingers for counting in any successive grade.

3) One final quote of yours above: “In 2nd grade, they are taught doubles and “double plus 1″. Nowhere in ANY of the text of the 2nd grade Common Core State Standards is the word “doubles” even used.

Respectfully, Mr. Bowers, if you are not ready to defend your position with quotes from the actual Common Core State Standards themselves, then one must wonder about your motivation.

Please be honest in admitting that you are quoting exclusively from textbooks and that textbooks are interpretations of the Common Core- not gospel. How districts choose to best tailor their curricula around the OUTLINE put forth by the Common Core is up to each on an individual basis.

Common Core has its issues, to be sure, but I found this post to be at best misleading and at worst self-serving.

]]> I am NOT a bum; I don’t even consume alcohol or drugs; don’t smoke, either!

OF COURSE, I am looking for a job! Anything! But who will hire a 58 y.o. woman?

I have also been going to agencies to find decent bug-free housing. There are thousands of people on the waiting lists. What little belongings I have left are in public storage. What happens if I can’t pay February’s rent? I lose all that, too? I can’t afford to replace the items, especially the irreplaceable sentimental items. Must I be further punished by not receiving extended Unemployment Benefits? I want to live. Just like you do. I want a decent job and to live in my own decent apartment. I still want to look forward to retirement.

Do you get my point?

Thank you.

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