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Stop Common Core video of the day: 3 x 4 = 11

By Michelle Malkin  •  August 14, 2013 12:13 PM

Loyal readers know of my longtime crusade against fuzzy math/Everyday Math and Common Core educational corruption.

So this new video of an apparent teacher training session on Common Core math — in which the trainer explains how getting the wrong answer is right — will come as no surprise (via Stanley Kurtz):

The twisted pedagogy is the same in all of these curricular fads: Encourage “critical thinking” and “explaining” of “how and why” over time-tested, efficient methods of “drill and kill” first. Abandon memorization and computation for social justice, multiculturalism , and self-esteem.

This cartoon I posted back in 2007 still says it all about constructivist, “strategy”-obsessed, non-math math:


  • Becki

    As a former teacher, I agree. Of course we want our kids to be critical thinkers, but first they need to understand the fundamentals. Some skills can only be mastered by practice, and basic math skills are one of them. Refusing to teach those skills and hoping kids pick them up on their own only serves to set kids up for failure. I wish teachers would focus more on inventing new ways to present material, rather than inventing new material to be mastered.

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