Parents find online tools for 'Common Core' confusion - FOX 13 News

Parents find online tools for 'Common Core' confusion

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The new national education standards continue to have parents confused.

The “Common Core” standards were adopted by 44 states, and will be fully implemented at the beginning of next school year. But many schools have already begun teaching the updated curriculum in their classrooms, and a lot parents have said they are not happy about it.

Many have taken to the internet to express their frustration saying “Common Core” complicates math. It requires kids to “show their work”, and turns a simple addition or subtraction problem into a 10 minute process that requires half a page of paper.

A sample of a second grade addition question under the new standards reads, "Solve using your place value chart and number disks, composing a 10 when necessary" for the equation 53 + 19.

Parents say even though they can add 53 and 19, the confusion is over what a “place value chart” or “number disk” is! They say schools aren't giving them the proper tools to help their children with the homework, so they’ve turned to Google or YouTube for tutorials.

Fox 13 followed their advice and found this teaching tool available to parents online. Click here to take a look.

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