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Teachers see real results with Common Core math

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Escondido, California educator Sara Slowbe writes that, as “a high school teacher for 14 years, I strongly support California’s high academic standards and the way they’ve helped teachers raise the bar for students.” Which is why Slowbe was “disappointed” in a recent article by Karen D’Souza, which she says focused “on the growing pains, rather than the growth students are making under the standards.” But Slowbe isn’t just writing as a teacher. She’s also writing as a mother of two. She knows homework “can be frustrating,” but parental frustration “cannot be at the expense of our children’s success in this global economy.” Slowbe also says that she and her colleagues “are seeing real results as we support all of our students to reach these higher academic goals,” and her students are “using higher-level thinking skills to analyze what they read to solve real problems in ways they hadn’t before.” She concludes with this important advice: “I encourage parents to talk with their children’s teachers to learn more about what students are learning and how they can help.”

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