Common Core Math Explained in 3 Minutes

April 15, 2015

A popular criticism of the Common Core State Standards is the way that students are asked to solve math problems nowadays. Simple equations now require multiple steps to solve—equations that once only took seconds. Some claim that the new way is unnecessarily complicated and makes no sense. But hang on; there is a method to this madness.  
 
Libby Nelson of Vox released a terrific video last week that helps anyone above the age of 20 understand the new way Common Core does math.
 
The truth is that students are still being taught math the way we have always learned it. That hasn’t changed.
 
However, in addition to the traditional way of learning math, students are being taught another approach to help them understand how and why math problems work—called "number sense". This new way shows students that numbers are just flexible things made up of other numbers and makes solving math problems that much easier.
 
At first glance, this new approach to math does look strange. That’s understandable.
 
But, this helps students think critically through their math problems and shows them why math is important in everyday life.
 
And those skills will benefit them well beyond the classroom.
 
Want to learn more about how Common Core Standards will help prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow? Visit Achieving Tomorrow.org.