Common Core and confused parents – there is help!


Common core has been a HUGE debate all throughout the country. Just bringing up the idea causes many people cringe. Parents are struggling to help their children work through homework because they don’t understand the concepts of this new approach any more than their kids do.

Kids are struggling through a multi-step process to solve even the simplest of mathematical problems, while parents seem lost as to why it takes 5, 6, 7, or more steps to complete what should be a rather simple equation.


I’ve seen countless accounts where parents have posted questions to their friends on social media asking for help with problems in order to help their child with homework; and even more accounts of frustrated parents taking matters into their own hands by writing a response back to the teacher about why common core is utter nonsense.

Common Core is here to stay

Whether you agree with it or not, it is here to stay…for now anyway. So if you want your child to do well in school you should probably brush up on some of the concepts, or enroll them in a private school or maybe even choose to home school if that is an option. With that said, it may be easier for many parents to acquire a bit of understanding about how the concepts of common core math and other subjects actually work versus uprooting their child out of school.

Sites like offer help to frustrated students and parents. On Cram you can use flashcards to help your child (and yourself) learn. You can use pre-made flashcards or create your own; and categories such as common core mathematics are already available in the pre-made cards. You can also find numerous other sources for additional help, like Khan Academy to name one.

My kids and Common Core

My eldest child is in first grade and while I’ve understood pretty much all of the concepts he has brought home so far, I wonder when I will soon be just as confused as he is. The problem pictured above was from a different first grade class and I had to read the explanation as to what all the circling was for. Considering I have a degree in Physics and Chemistry — to be confused by first grade math kind of makes me scratch my head at the whole concept.


Here are a couple more problems I came across why browsing around online. You tell me if they make any sense:


Huh?  Aren’t you doing MORE math in this one?


So tell us….

What has been your experience with common core? Do you feel that it is beneficial to our students?


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Jesica H

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3 thoughts on “Common Core and confused parents – there is help!

  • March 25, 2014 at 6:59 pm
    While I am not a fan of Common Core for a number of reasons, these math problems that have been making their way around social media are not one of them. As a teacher for over 15 years, I used many different methods to help my students grasp the concepts behind "borrowing". The first problem is using base ten blocks, which have been present in classrooms for decades as a tangible way to experience place value. I do NOT agree with making students use that method to solve problems once they have mastered the concept and can do traditional stacking but I have not seen anywhere in the CC standards that requires it - just teachers and curriculum books that have seemed to get stuck on it. The second problem is actually something we all do fairly regularly if you think about it. If you purchase something that is $6.47 and had the cashier a $20, you would probably get your change back in a similar manner. You would get three pennies which would bring the number up to 6.50, another 50 cents would make it $7. Three ones make $10 and then another $10 makes $20. Again, while I am not a fan of Common Core, I've found a LOT of information and examples floating around meant to show how bad Common Core is are not actually part of Common Core. I was at a presentation where a UW professor used an example to showcase how bad CC was. Upon further research, it turned out the example was from a school in Texas. The irony was that he had made a big deal in his presentation about how Texas had actually rejected CC and never adapted it. Sorry - didn't mean to hijack your post. As you can tell, I have strong feelings about this :) Reply
    • April 3, 2014 at 2:33 pm
      Hey Maureen, I just found your comment in spam (darn filters, lol). Anyway, thank you for sharing. A lot of people do have strong feelings and as I mentioned I did find most of these "examples" floating around the web, so I cannot say for certain that they actually ARE from Common Core standards - I can only go by the original author/source and their statements. Your explanation for the second picture makes a lot of sense but I typically don't think about math in that way unless it is money I suppose -- great way to explain it though! I also think that we as adults tend to forget what it is like to learn something for the first time. So a problem that seems overly complicated to us might be just what students need to get a better explanation/understanding. Just food for thought - I know I've been guilty of thinking something was really simple even though to a child doing it for the first time it may not have been! :-) Reply
  • August 16, 2014 at 7:51 am
    I despise Common Core and I'm a public school teacher. I wish my state would follow the other couple of states that have eliminated it. I don't think it serves my own students well AT ALL! (They're English Language Learners) My own daughter attends private school and although they don't do Common Core, they DO have "crazy Math"! I'm just learning right along with her but sometimes I just want to teach her "the old way"! I Reply

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