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Why parents struggle with Common Core math: “The diagrams are absolutely insane.”

The Mercury News – Karen D’Souza

“The good old days of memorizing math formulas or multiplication tables are gone. Instead, Common Core math requires students to show how they reason their way to the right answer. As a result, many parents say homework is far more complicated than it used to be. For example, the right answer to 3×5 isn’t just 15 anymore, as one popular social media post noted. It’s 3+3+3+3+3. And it’s 5+5+5. The new methods leave many parents baffled.” (more)

Calculus, Statistics, and the Future of High School Math

Education Week – Staff Writer

“The use of data in everything from physics and finance to politics and education is building momentum for a new path in high school math, emphasizing statistics and data literacy over calculus.” (more)

New Stanford education study shows where boys and girls do better in math, English

Stanford University – Krysten Crawford

“When Stanford Professor Sean Reardon and his research team set out to take an unprecedented look at how elementary school girls and boys compare in academic achievement, they expected to find similar stereotype-driven patterns across all 10,000 U.S. school districts: boys consistently outperforming girls in math and girls steadily surpassing boys in reading and writing by a wide margin.” (more)

COLUMN: Kids should have more math time in early childhood

The Meadville Tribune – August Scott Yeager

“Kids go to school every day to learn subjects that are seen as important to most people. There are multiple subjects that they learn such as reading, English, social studies and math. Almost every school across the nation includes these subjects for at least 10 minutes a day so kids will learn needed skills. Math used to be considered one of the most important subjects, but now schools are lessening the amount of time that focuses in math. Math is in most things, so it should be easier to have math time in schools. Schools have lowered the amount of math time that the average kid gets. When they lose time that focuses on math, kids are not learning the skills they need.” (more)

8 reasons why we should combine art + math

E-School News – John De Pillis

“With declining U.S. student math scores, our schools would be wise to adopt a new formula that is sure to paint a prettier picture for the country’s STEM rankings. Combining math and art classes may in fact draw better math performance for American youth, starting as early as elementary school.” (more)

7 Real-World Math Strategies

Edutopia – Emilena Mireno

“Math used to be all rote memorization and pencil-to-paper equations disconnected from the real world, but more and more teachers are realizing the importance of making practical, relevant connections in math. We asked our audience of educators: How do you use the real world to teach math? We’ve collected some of the most interesting answers, ways teachers are connecting math to the everyday lives of their students.” (more)