Today: My question is why do they (the makers of common core educational material) think we (the present children in school) are stupid?
Why am I asking this question? 9 + 6 = 15. No...this is too complex. Kids (according to our beloved educational system) are more comfortable with 10 and because of this 9 + 6 must become 10 + 5. Whether we are all more comfortable with 10 than 9 is a bit silly...I actually like the 9's and I will have to admit that if they said 8 + 6 ...change to 10 + 4...I might have been sold...maybe.
- Here is the lesson and the article link: “We’re going to decompose our 6,” the teacher continues, drawing two small diagonal lines under the 6, then adding a number 1 and a number 5.
- “We know 6 is made up of parts,” she instructs. “One of its parts is a 1 and the other part is a 5.”
- Then, things get super-complex. (<<<Its not complex, seriously...adding is not complex)
- “We’re now going to anchor our 9 to a 1, allowing our students to anchor to that 10″ Ryan says, while drawing a big, oblong circle around the 9 and the 1.”
- “Now our students are seeing that we have 10 + 5,” she declares confidently. She stutters a bit and adds, “Having, uh, now more comfort seeing that 10 + 5 is 15. That’s much more comfortable than looking at 9 + 6.”
My opinion: They are blinding us with ridiculous news over ridiculous lessons. I honestly don't care how a child gets to an answer. After all there are MANY, MANY ways to achieve the answer. And who the hell am I to say this way is not better than another. REMEMBER: All children learn differently. One child might do it this way...And my child might do it another. (Side note: If a child can subtract 1 from 6, which is not a "comfortable" number...then why can't they save time and just add 9 and 6? For this, the lesson doesn't make sense. I have the ability to subtract one from 6, what about the 8 question...Will I have to add 2 and subtract 2? Hmm...What happens when I get to 7, will I have to add 3 and subtract 3?)
This is about the BOX they are putting our kids in. This is about the control of the path. If I can teach a child through the most logical of all things: MATH...that there is only one path...and it must be the "easy" path (we use easy: as turn every number into a number you like) then what else can I do?
Seriously folks. What is going on here? Why has school become "My way is better"
My thoughts: Divide and Conquer. The people in control want good little worker bees. Education was never about education. It has always about creating a conformed society who fights amongst itself. I do agree that we must stand up for education...But what is the plan. If they scrap Common Core...WHAT THEN? Go back to No Child Left Behind?
We need to restructure the entire system. And to do this we must first answer: What is the purpose of Education?
Seriously: What do you think is the purpose of Education?
My Answer: I think the purpose of education should be to Free the Mind and give children the tools they need to create a balance in life. (The controllers are trembling, no, no, we can't have this. We can't have inventions to free up the worker bees. We can't have shorter work weeks. No we can't create system of food and water to give to everyone. No we must have either Socialism or Corporatism or Fascism. We must have CONTROL)
I think trade school, and trade school alone should be about getting a job. I want to cut hair: I learn how to cut hair. I want to build something. I learn how to build something.
I don't think Elementary, Junior High and High School should be about educating to get to College. As a matter of fact, I think kids could learn the basics by age 15...and that is a lot of basics.
Yes I think children need to learn: Phonics, Basic Math, and the Scientific Method....But Above all this I think children should LEARN how to TEACH THEMSELVES. WHY???? It is the only way to truth. When we have someone else teaching...there will always be a bias: A bias of what you need to know, what you need to learn, and I am not saying this is bad, it is just a part of human nature.
That's just me. What are your Thoughts? As always, have a beautiful day.....And remember