Teachers’ Advice to Parents about Common Core Math Homework

The Collaborative for Student Success

Math homework these days can be confusing for many parents who grew up under old models of instruction, which in turn has spawned some wild accusations. But, in fact, methods introduced to students weren’t created by the Common Core, and they are intended to help kids to truly understand math concepts. At a recent forum hosted by the Fordham Institute, several teachers explain the changes help build foundational skills students need to succeed at high levels of math. Organizations like Learning Heroes and others have created a wealth of resources to help families understand the changes to math instruction and support their children. “The most important thing we can give kids is to think quantitatively about the world and apply a mathematical lens to different situations,” says Jo Boaler, a Stanford math education professor.

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