What is the difference in the new Common Core Standards? A website aimed to answer these and other difficult questions has been helpful to homeschooling parents and regular school parents alike. Corestandards.org, gives the explanation of which academic preferences have been changed in this new digital area. This month over 9 states in the United States have voted to take this new way to teach Math and ELA out of the public school curriculum. Not only do some students not understand the skills associated to the internet generation of relating math in a patterned sequence, parents are also complaining.
Here are some main differences:
“A greater focus on fewer topics
◦In grades K–2: Concepts, skills, and problem solving related to addition and subtraction
◦In grades 3–5: Concepts, skills, and problem solving related to multiplication and division of whole numbers and fractions
◦In grade 6: Ratios and proportional relationships, and early algebraic expressions and equations
◦In grade 7: Ratios and proportional relationships, and arithmetic of rational numbers
◦In grade 8: Linear algebra and linear functions”
“ELA (English/ Language Arts) –
In K-5, fulfilling the standards requires a 50-50 balance between informational and literary reading. Informational reading includes content-rich nonfiction in history/social studies, sciences, technical studies, and the arts. The K-5 standards strongly recommend that texts—both within and across grades—be selected to support students in systematically developing knowledge about the world.
In grades 6-12, there is much greater attention on the specific category of literary nonfiction, which is a shift from traditional standards. To be clear, the standards pay substantial attention to literature throughout K-12, as it constitutes half of the reading in K-5 and is the core of the work of 6-12 ELA teachers. Also in grades 6-12, the standards for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects ensure that students can independently build knowledge in these disciplines through reading and writing. Reading, writing, speaking, and listening should span the school day from K-12 as integral parts of every subject.”
Not only is this new type of education reasoning difficult for students to relate to, the 43 states that have accepted it are highlighting the simplicity. Some states that did not accept the Common Core Standards include Texas, Arizona, Alaska, and Utah. It may be a task like pushing a button to go online or log in to a website. Skills like the ones which have programed the web for the last 20 plus years, are not familiar ones to some parents and grandparents. I like to think of the explanations to younger kids as the how the world was before the internet began. I get asked these questions all day by my homeschooler. The moments that we make our children’s education are not ones to confuse them but to help them to learn new skills and be ready to develop in a tech savvy world. With shorter lines to gaining more understanding common core is changing the way a new generation can think, plan, and react.