I have been homeschooling my kids through the online public school, Connections Academy, and we love it. We get to go at our own pace, and the kids love the flexibility it gives them. However, I don’t love the way our school systems are teaching our children. I’m sick to death of this Common Core! It infuriates me to death that the school systems are teaching our adolescents using the methods that they are.
Who in their right mind is going to walk around drawing all of these images to solve a Math problem? I have graduated high school with honors taking AP courses. I also did fairly well in my college courses too when I was able to focus on them (which towards the end, I couldn’t due to a LONG list of personal reasons beyond my control.) I refuse to teach my kids using the Common Core methods. We do what we HAVE to do when it comes to the Common Core training.
I see my kids spending days and almost weeks being told they have to learn how to fill in stupid boxes and draw images that aren’t going to help them in the real world solve their problems. I’m honestly lost on how to teach my kids using the Common Core methods. As a result, Del and I are teaching our offspring the way we learned how to do things.
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My kids are learning the material. They are doing well on the standardized testing. They are above average students. They also can DO PROBLEMS IN THEIR HEAD! They can even beat you at solving problems as you’re steadily trying to find a paper or a calculator to solve the problem.
Am I saying this to brag? NO! I’m saying this because I want it known that this Common Core stuff is for the birds. Instead, teachers should be able to teach their students! Teachers need to be able to gain control of their classrooms again. Teachers should not have to worry about a child’s self-esteem being crushed because they got disciplined in front of their fellow students.
What Students NEED
Students need to learn that the classrooms are for learning NOT socializing and focusing on becoming the most popular kid in school. It sure isn’t for sexual activities! From all the classes I’ve seen around me and the stories I read on the web, the classroom has become nothing more than a playground of sorts with very little education actually being taught.
My son is in second grade, and going into 3rd grade Math within the next week because he’s bored to death with 2nd grade work. If he had been in a classroom, the likelihood of him being given this chance would have been slim to none. He would have been in trouble for being talkative, rowdy, and distracting because he would have been BORED! I have seen this happen to many brilliant kids. Often the biggest reason a student misbehaves in a classroom setting is because they are bored to death, and their minds are not being challenged enough.
Fight to Remove Common Core Methods
There are also parents trying to fight to get rid of Common Core methods. I think we need more people to fight to remove it in our school systems. If there are students who truly benefit from it greatly. When I was going to school there was literally two levels of education, there were honors courses and then there was students who were average. I can remember fighting to get my grades up to get my behind in those honors courses. I didn’t want to be considered average, and in the ordinary classroom setting the teacher struggled to keep the class focused (that was when disciplining students was allowed.)
My inspiration for this post came from a lesson my niece brought over today concerning her Math. They spent several lessons teaching her how to draw out things to get an answer instead of teaching her how to solve it using equations and her MIND. I’m so sick of seeing time wasted and the energy it takes me to learn how to teach Common Core it’s pathetic. Why should we be forced to go out of our way to great lengths when we could have taken a straight line route and been there that much quicker?
What are your thoughts and opinions on Common Core? If you see something good from it, please enlighten me!