Survey: Teachers Say Students Are Learning Fewer Math Facts Under Common Core

A nationally representative survey of public-school teachers by a pro-Common Core organization found that 48 percent of middle-school teachers, a plurality, say¬†fewer of their students are memorizing basic math formulas or times tables under Common Core. While pluralities of teachers for grades K-5 said their kids' math knowledge has stayed about the same, large numbers … Continue reading Survey: Teachers Say Students Are Learning Fewer Math Facts Under Common Core

How Bad Math Instruction Makes Kids More Emotional And Less Rational

Barry Garelick is a long-time math instruction analyst and current middle-school math teacher. For years he has done yeoman's work carefully analyzing Common Core math and showing precisely how it affects students, down to the level of individual math problems, approaches, and specific mandates. He recently responded to criticism of some of his work discussing … Continue reading How Bad Math Instruction Makes Kids More Emotional And Less Rational

New Study Suggests Good Humanities Instruction Increases Math Knowledge, Too

University of Virginia cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham discusses some interesting results from a new study that finds good English teachers improved students' learning in math. First, ELA [English literature] teachers may, on average, provide a bigger boost to what are usually called non-cognitive skills: self-regulation, persistence, seeing oneself as belonging in school, and so on. … Continue reading New Study Suggests Good Humanities Instruction Increases Math Knowledge, Too

Latest International Test Scores Show Continued Downward U.S. Trend Following Common Core

The latest international tests cores from the Programme for International Assessment came out last week, and U.S. high school students performed an average of 12 points worse than their peers had in 2012. Alice B. Lloyd at The Weekly Standard reports: PISA tests how well fifteen-year-olds stack up against their global contemporaries. In math American … Continue reading Latest International Test Scores Show Continued Downward U.S. Trend Following Common Core