Reading through emails from SFUSD parents on the new math sequence, I’d like to clear up misinformation and reinforce some of the great thinking I’m seeing coming out of this debate.
Most parents never learned to do the type of multiplication our kids are doing with Common Core Math. Here’s why it’s OK, and what we can do about it.
I was always one of those folks that said, “I’m not a math person.” Now I realize… I actually am! Math isn’t just about getting the answer quickly or doing calculations, it’s also about thinking critically, being able to problem-solve, and explain your thinking to others… “thinking like a mathematician.”