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I Feel so Dumb

I have been dealing with this for a while now, but last night really upset me. I felt so dumb and really quite helpless. I am talking about trying to help a 6th grader with this Common Core math stuff. Yikes, two hours of looking through the book, scratching my head and trying to console a child that doesn’t get it either.

I was pretty good in school, even though that has been many, many years ago. I even took an accounting course just because I enjoyed messing with numbers. Where are the numbers in today’s math? All I see are these “formulas” that look like a mad scientist or a tired doctor wrote them.

I even searched the internet and found some “easy parent tutorials.” Yeah okay, they were not so easy either. How does anyone expect an 11 year old to understand this stuff when some adults are scratching their heads trying to explain it to a child?

Do we have any teachers here who can help? How about some easy to understand tutorials? I’ll certainly read them. Parents can’t help a child with common core math if they have no idea what it is or how to do it.

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MegL wrote on January 7, 2015, 3:14 PM

The picture looks like algebra! This website looks like the official one. There is a nice short video on the right hand side and the various levels are listed. Maybe that would be a good start? Why not ask your child's school to provide an information evening or handouts for parents who want to be able to help their children?

MegL wrote on January 7, 2015, 3:14 PM

Forgot the link!

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 7, 2015, 5:37 PM

Wow. And my parents thought it was bad when I was dealing with "New Math".

bestwriter wrote on January 7, 2015, 9:48 PM

I love Maths. If you could spell out your problem it will give me joy to get there.

Donna_Thacker wrote on January 9, 2015, 8:23 AM

I love math and numbers too, but this stuff is so different. The biggest problem is, I can get the answer it is just not the "formula" that is expected. What I can do in 2 steps the teacher wants done in 20, lol.

MelissaE wrote on January 13, 2015, 1:39 PM

So sorry, I teach English. We started doing Common Core here in Tennessee, but we dropped it due to so much criticism. Our state is in the process of revamping the standards.

Donna_Thacker wrote on January 14, 2015, 12:05 PM

I wish they would drop it here too! Parents are at their wits end trying to help their kids with it. Kids are frustrated and grades are dropping!

gr8nana wrote on February 5, 2015, 3:22 PM

I have no clue with this new fangled math. Hope you get some answers.

buzymommy wrote on February 19, 2015, 10:49 PM

I totally agree and am just really hoping my daughter's school doesn't teach it that way. I have so many friends who said this is crazy math and did the same as you - read books and the internet trying to understand it. What is wrong with 1+2=3? Why do they have to make it so complex? My one friend told me she got YELLED at by a teacher for teaching her kid how to do math "the wrong way" which was actually the normal way we all grew up with. This was in Germany so it's not just a US thing. I say if they get the right answer, it shouldn't matter how they got there. Sheesh.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 22, 2015, 1:42 PM

Common Core needs to be taken out of the schools. The schools need to go back to how Math etc was originally taught.