According to the State of Tennessee, our government school system is preparing school students for a future of global interaction. The state posted on their website that the common core state standards are designed to help students. The information WGNS found stated, “The Common Core State Standards will prepare Tennessee students with essential knowledge and skills to compete in an increasingly global environment.” The problem is, both children and some educators lack an understanding of what to do with these so called common core state standards. In fact, they are somewhat hard to comprehend.
Former public school teacher Dr. Cindy Jones who speaks out on both the negatives and positives of public education was recently on the air with Truman Jones on WGNS and she told listeners about some of the new requirements for students. Jones highlighted the common core standards for children in kindergarten and first grade. These goals specifically target math… see if you can understand them…
WOW – those are some of the core standards in math for children in kindergarten and first grade. The state is phasing in these new standards over the next school year.
- 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- 3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- 4. Model with mathematics.
- 5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
- 6. Attend to precision.
- 7. Look for and make use of structure.
- 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
So, how are your children doing in school?
Hear the entire interview (below):
State of Tennessee Common Core Standards (Click for More Information)
Dr. Cindy Jones, former public schools educator
Core State Standards Initiative (click to see the information)