Daily Archives: April 9, 2015

Core Meltdown

I’m not good at math. I got a D in algebra. Fractional exponents, domains and ranges, I sucked at all of it.

That is why I bristled at the New Math. I did not understand simple subtraction as it was presented. But someone I know pointed out that we do that math in our heads all the time. Kids are just learning how to write it out. Now I am not so scared.

Failing subtraction is NOT a good reason to chuck the curriculum, as Republicans want to do. They can’t do good mathinating, so they want to keep our kids dumb just because it’s required by the Common Core. Big government, they say. But I don’t think it’s that. It’s just another thing they don’t understand, and anti-intellectualism is the norm for conservatives. Rush Limbaugh, for example, glibly calls our educational institutions “scruels”(if he’s trying to be funny, well, that’s been addressed here). They pule on about higher learning being the a crucible of liberalism. The professors are socialists in ivory towers. They want to do away with the Department of Education. Blah, blah blah. I could go on.

I’m not crystal clear on how to do my kids’ math. But I’m not going to give up. They have new tools and that can only be good. Fuck those who want our kids to stay stupid and breed a whole new generation of brickheads who don’t want to learn anything that they don’t get on first look.

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