# American educational system in a nutshell

5 years ago by wildones · 1113 Likes · 48 comments · Popular

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rayofsunshine· 5 years ago · FIRSTdeleted· 5 years agodeleted· 5 years agokamatsu· 5 years agoi_· 5 years agoHMMMMMMMMMMM

i_· 5 years agoIs it teaching about base-10 and powers? Because I can see how this would be one way of teaching that except it's a really dumb way of wording the question.

awake_ash· 5 years agoi_· 5 years agocreativedragonbaby· 5 years agoklymaxx· 5 years agoguest· 5 years agoabel_hazard· 5 years agodeleted· 5 years agoA lot of kids, when first learning addition, will create shortcuts in their heads that go like so: 8+5... well I know that 8+2 is 10, and I know that 5-2 is 3. If I take 2 away from 5 and add it to the 8 I'll have 10+3, which is an easier math problem than 8+5.

One of the goals of Common Core was to help children realize on paper 1) how math works and 2) how your brain figures out math.

The biggest problem is that these new methods for learning and, almost more importantly, meta-learning (learning how to learn) were not and still are not taught to the people coming up with the curriculum, the packaged workbooks, the tests, homework sheets, etc.

They've also never been taught to the 50+yo teachers who've been in the system for 25 years OR the college students currently hoping to be teachers.

Common Core had some really cool goals, but the terrible rollout just killed it.

Long comment, here are 5 potatoes and 8 potatoes. Now you have 10.

thanghe· 5 years agoObviously Math teachers don't have it

loveless· 5 years agoabel_hazard· 5 years agothorspoptarts2· 5 years agoAnd, of course, specialized curriculum focused directly on your individual learning style (if the teaching parent puts in as much effort as my brilliant Mum has.)

The academic benefits, too, can be tremendous, as testified by the numerous Ivy League colleges that have enthusiastically accepted both me and my homeschooled friend, throwing around words in the process like "full ride scholarship" and "honors programs."

All of this being said, I will give you a warning. Homeschooling is in no way easy. If you're not prepared to make at least a 6- or 8-year commitment to broadening these kids' minds and raising/teaching them right, then it's probably not for you.

abel_hazard· 5 years agothorspoptarts2· 5 years agoI'm very sorry about that. But please, know not all homeschoolers are like that. I come into contact more with adults and the elderly than with people my own age, but I've never really had any problems.

As a side note, did you ever go on "field trips?" Or to co-ops, volunteer/service project groups, or extracurricular activities?

abel_hazard· 5 years agothorspoptarts2· 5 years agoabel_hazard· 5 years agoloveless· 5 years agoThat being said, @thorspoptarts2, i do know how... challenging it can be, but I'll be damned, my faith in the American educational system, public or otherwise, is not that great. I spent the one HS year i attended in this country bored to tears, and that was after i was placed in a 'challenging setting'. I was so bored the teachers mistook it for depression. I came from a country in which 9th graders were being taught stuff 12th graders in the US saw. Someone took the GED using our books from 7th/8th grade. So yes, I'm willing to do what it t

abel_hazard· 5 years agoloveless· 5 years agoThank you for sharing your experience, it's enlightening to hear both sides.

abel_hazard· 5 years agothorspoptarts2· 5 years agoI understand your motivation entirely. I hope it all turns out well for you. As for resources, there are many online communities that can help first time homeschoolers. Also, if you need any curriculum recommendations, I know quite a few good ones from the student's point of view.

lane6· 5 years agodeleted· 5 years agolane6· 5 years agodeleted· 5 years agochu· 5 years agodeleted· 5 years agothe_average_gatsby· 5 years agolane6· 5 years agosupernovamike· 5 years agoThat said, I can't say I've specifically looked over Common Core's math standards. So maybe this is indirectly related.

But Common Core or not, the travesty here is a poorly-worded question. Little more.

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