Jane Robbins at the American Principle’s Project put together a great resource for Florida’s leaders (and the rest of us) correcting the misinformation being spread by the US Department of Education about Common Core.
For example, the Utah state office of education likes to parrot the talking point that Common Core was internationally benchmarked (false) and since Utah chose the “integrated” math version of Common Core, we are doing what the top Asian nations are doing so we will have similar results. Not only are we NOT doing what the Asian nations are doing, our efforts to push constructivist math are going to do great harm to our students. This is part of Ms. Robbin’s article:
Despite the Common Core proponents’ claim that this mandate promotes “critical thinking,” this is nothing but the same recycled “new math” that was tried and abandoned decades ago. Ignoring this history of failure, Common Core tries again to impose the notion that students must spend less time working math problems and more time explaining the underlying concepts of what they are doing.
Does the research support the argument that students are more successful with math using this technique? To the contrary – research concerning top-performing countries shows that students do better in math if they are required to work math problems (lots of them), not merely explain math problems. A report by the American Educational Research Association examined the math standards of high-achieving countries, Finland, Japan, and Singapore, and discovered very little alignment to Common Core. All three of these countries “place a much greater emphasis on ‘perform procedures’ than found in the U.S. Common Core standards.” In fact, “[f]or each country, approximately 75% of the content involves ‘perform procedures,’ whereas in the Common Core standards, the percentage for procedures is 38%.” If the Common Core math drafters want U.S. students to compete with students from these countries, perhaps imposing standards with only half the math-performance requirements is not the best way to go about it.
Please check out the whole article here: