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Common core standards are more robust than many that are currently in place. The math examples particularly "division is postponed from 5th to 6th grade" implies that it won't be taught in grade five which is false. It means that students won't be required to have mastered the concept until grade 6. Part of the reason our students fare so poorly on math is that not enough time is spent in the lower grades for students to have a firm grasp of number sense. We have moved from mastery of concepts to exposure to a wider variety of math concepts. We allow the use of calculators before kids have enough number sense to recognize "a good estimate." As a parent and teacher I feel that the Common Core standards are robust and a great place to start.
This is the EXACT situation in which we found ourselves when our daughters went to college in 2005 and 2007: "As a parent, if you played by the rules and lived the American virtue of self-reliance and personal responsibility, you're paying exorbitant tuition now. When you went to secure aid or a scholarship, your child did not qualify because you made or had saved too much money. You are punished for working hard, sacrificing for the future, and dutifully saving for your children's education. While those who saved little have children who easily qualified for scholarships, loans, and a "cheap" education. They got aid! You had to mortgage your house or deplete your savings. "
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