The latest article comes from the NY Times. Some of the comments are off discussing whether CCSS are valid, implementation, etc. and miss the main point. (I have to laugh at the number of comments saying "go look up on YouTube how to do it." Really? And what parent has time for that? And all parents have computer access at how and can understand it themselves?)
Kids come to parents for help with their homework. When the homework, especially in math, is significantly different than how the parent learned, and the student needs help at home, then it is up to the school, the system to give parents that help.
I've seen one article telling parents to quit helping their students. That is complete nonsense. Kids will always go to parents and, while parents should offer minimal help (i.e. not do the homework and guide the kids to do it themselves), it is unreasonable to expect parents to say no to a kid who asks for help.
Where is this support for parents in their efforts to support what is going on in the classroom and to support their own child's learning? The silence from, well, anyone is strange.
From the article:
But for parents, the transition has been hard. Moreover, textbooks and other materials have not yet caught up with the new standards, and educators unaccustomed to learning or teaching more conceptually are sometimes getting tongue-tied when explaining new methodologies.
“It is incredibly easy for these new instructional approaches to look good on paper or to work well in pilot classrooms in the hands of highly skilled experts,” said Frederick M. Hess, the director of education policy studies for the American Enterprise Institute, “and then to turn into mushy, lazy confusing goop as it spreads out to classrooms and textbooks.”
Even supporters of the Common Core say changes are being pushed too quickly. Rushing to institute a new math curriculum does not make sense if you are “planning to get the job done in a rational way,” said Phil Daro, one of three principal writers of the Common Core math standards.
What's the in-home frustration?
Some parents of children who have typically excelled at math find the curriculum laboriously slow.
In Slidell, an affluent suburb of New Orleans, Jane Stenstrom is concerned that her daughter, who was assigned to a class for gifted students as a third grader last year, did not progress quickly enough.
“For the advanced classes, it’s restricting them from being able to move forward,” Ms. Stenstrom said one recent afternoon.
Her daughter, Anna Grace, 9, said she grew frustrated “having to draw all those little tiny dots.”
“Sometimes I had to draw 42 or 32 little dots, sometimes more,” she said, adding that being asked to provide multiple solutions to a problem could be confusing. “I wanted to know which way was right and which way was wrong.”
I hear this "well, it can't be done in a couple of years" and yet, that appears to be the expectation across the country. It's almost as if it's setting up teachers and students for failure.
Something has to give and it may either damage or doom Common Core because no one thought about how to implement it in a reasonable manner that supports children and teachers.
But that is part and parcel for most of ed reform.