Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Elevator Speech Challenge: Day 5
HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION: “Duane…come on…why should we treat our kids like guinea pigs by using Common Core Math Standards that are untried and never field-tested?"
My Elevator Speech: Great question. The Common Core math standards are not untried. They are the result of years of research in what works in other countries - countries that kick our butt in international comparisons. Ironically, many of the countries that are now doing significantly better than us are doing so after they adopted many of the recommendations proposed by our own National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Moreover, the Common Core Math Standards are not the result of some whimsical effort by a select few billionaires; the Common Core Math Standards have been endorsed by every major math organization in the nation! By adopting the Common Core Math Standards, we will be more in line with the best practices of the highest performing countries in the world. Once our math standards are in line with the rest of the world, then we can begin improving our teaching strategies!