Parents around the country say the math their children are bringing looks vastly different from what they themselves learned as students, but they are starting to see the benefits.
In Freeport, Ill., parent Ron Halter recently put it this way in his hometown paper, “When they first brought it (math) home, it looked so foreign,” said the father to fifth- and sixth-grade children. But, on a positive note, he said, “It actually teaches the students multiple ways to solve a problem. It helps with more real-world math.”
There are a few key reasons the math students are doing today looks very little like the math of the past. Among those is that most states have shifted to new college- and career-ready standards aimed at getting students to think critically, solve complex problems using a variety of methods, and apply what they know toward solving real-world problems.
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