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From Memorization to Understanding: How Common Core Offers A Better Way to Teach Math

Cleveland Plain Dealer

With calculators in easy reach and information readily accessible on the Internet, the need for students to memorize lessons is less important than developing their “confidence for solving problems and promote mathematical thinking in a much more creative and analytical way,” writes Gary Christie, professor of education at Baldwin Wallace University, in support of the Common Core. The approach “mimics our everyday lives” by helping students learn to “ask questions and develop a solution method or two,” just as is expected of adults in college and the professional world. The ability to structure mathematical lessons that create a logical progression of learning helps students build the foundational skills they need to succeed at higher levels of math – and at life overall.

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