New York Parent and Educator: Common Core Is Killing My Child’s Love of Learning

A child’s struggle

Diane Ravitch's blog

I have met the writer of this letter. I know he is real. He requested anonymity. In New York, it is not safe to question authority:

“It is time for parents to speak out against the Common Core standards. They are destroying the love of learning in our children. My eight-year old son is in the third grade. He is a very strong student, particularly in Mathematics. Despite that strength, he recently had a homework assignment from his Common Core Math workbook, that frustrated him to tears. The word problem involved many steps including reading and understanding the problem, interpreting what needs to be done to solve it, subtracting three digit numbers, estimating each number’s tenth place value before subtracting and then coming up with an answer that matched an estimated answer. The problem was far too complex for a third grader. Instead of being excited about doing Math homework…

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