Common Core Math, which I’ve been helping my 10 yr old nephew get through, makes it worse.

Math’s taught wrong. Slowly, pieces. Totally unnecessary. We learn algebra in our very first classes where they use an underline or a question mark. Common Core Math, which I’ve been helping my 10 yr old nephew get through, makes it worse.

In theory, it’s nice. Explained VERY poorly. They become as dogmatic about the new methods and it becomes a new form of rote, without the sing-songs that at least made rote a little easier to tolerate.

Three days ago, I helped my 10 yr old nephew with something in Common Core Math. I didn’t understand it. So I looked it up, then it “clicked”. He spent 4 hours on it by himself and once I understood how it works, I was able to explain in two minutes. His TEACHER put up a 20 minute video on Video for the students to use. Unhelpful to him. Other ways he found on Youtube by other teachers made equally no sense to him.

Anyway, with a nice success under my belt, I challenged myself to teach it in under 2 minutes without paper. I *think* I got it close enough. It was enough for my nephew to “SHOW HIS WORK” (he does math in his head like I do, and “show your work” is pure torture) and maybe it’ll help some other 5th grader out there.

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