Friday, January 29, 2016

Math problems of the week: a purported comparison of "previous math" with "CCSS math"

A side-by-side comparison of what are purported to be pre and post-Common Core math problems, courtesy the Foundation for Excellence in Education:


Extra Credit:

1. Where is the evidence that actual Common Core-inspired math problems for elementary and middle school lack problems of the sort exemplified by those purported to be "previous math problems"?

2. Where is the evidence that the "previous math problems" in elementary and middle school lacked problems of the sort exemplified by those purported to be "CCSS math questions."?

3. In what way is the so-called "previous math problem" for high school more "mechanical," and less about "solving equations as a process of reasoning," than the so-called "CCS math question"?

2 comments:

treehousekeeper said...

How does the middle school CCSS problem require the use of an algebraic equation? It is easily done without ($4.40/$0.10 = 44 + 2 = 46).

Cynthia812 said...

My impression of the CC side: wordier problems that require convoluted (one might say tortured) steps to answer a much less useful (ie, less "real-world") question.