Viral criticisms of Common Core mathematics

  • Viral criticisms of Common Core mathematics

    Samuel Otten and Zandra de Araujo
    Although many reasons exist to support the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSI 2010), different groups have found many reasons to oppose them. One particular criticism circulating on social media is an attack on problems embodying the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs), which are mathematical ways of thinking, or habits of mind, that “mathematics educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students” (p. 6). This criticism rests on invalid reasoning and a desire for back-to-basics mathematics teaching that has been discredited in research literature (e.g., Fennema et al. 1996; Slavin and Lake 2008). In our opinion, the mathematics education community must raise a unified voice in response.
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