Over the weekend, I discovered Khan Academy. I decided to brush up on my elementary math skills, for some reason. The first thing that stood out to me was that the site uses the new Common Core methods of teaching math.
I picked it up pretty easily (we’re talking 3rd grade and lower level math, here). But what amazed me is when I realized: this is how I have always done math! Not all of it, but the general idea of manipulating numbers to multiply or add by tens or fives. That’s how I’ve always done math in my head.
After that realization, I can’t help but think Common Core can only help America’s students.
For more information, please check out the following article: http://www.vox.com/2014/4/20/5625086/the-common-core-makes-simple-math-more-complicated-heres-why