Friday, August 8, 2014

Math problems of the week: Common Core-inspired Math problems

For all that Common Core advocates claim about what is and isn't stipulated in the Common Core goals, what ultimately matters is how actual people actually implement them in actual classrooms.

Following the money, one place to look at what's on the horizon is the educational software arm of the Educational Industrial Complex. Here's what awaits us from one of the most popular educational software companies, Kidspiration. From one of its "sample lessons":

One has to wonder: how on earth did seven to eleven-year-olds solve daunting problems like this one before the age of computers in classrooms???

1 comment:

C T said...

I really dislike this because they were too lazy to make the squares look like candy. They're adding one more mental (and unnecessary) step to the problem because they didn't want to draw a slightly more complex figure.